The opening stage of the 7 days stage race was a novelty to who has been following the 2.2U race in the past. The prologue was only 3,4 km in length, but included the climb to the Forte di Bard, a tough graveled ascent to a old fortification. No team cars were allowed on the tricky course, also because riders took the start with no more than 30 seconds interval.
Bob Jungels had the best time for a long time and was only bested by Daniele Dall'Oste (Trevigniani) at the very end of the stage. Jungels, who has his eye on the European Championships, is showing great form after his well merited rest.
Adriano: "Taking 2nd, 3rd and 5th place is a great result, although I would have changed all of those placings for the win. But I'm a happy man. Bob is a classy guy, that's not a secret, but I'm particularly happy to see Alex and Jesus up there as well. They have shown great mentality during the season and they have made a lot of progression."
The seven stages of the Giro della Valle d'Aosta are shaped for riders with strong climbing legs. Adriano: "We didn't bring a sprinter here, because it would make no sense. There are three mountain top finishes. Tomorrow is the 'flattest' stage of the week, but it's far from flat. Our goal here are stage wins. The GC is less important, but you can happen. Our team comes back to racing after a period of rest and the competition here is strong, so we'll see what the next days bring."