The final day of racing at the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta – Mont Blanc saw the peloton head for the climbs once again, with another incredibly challenging 150 kilometre long stage, finishing atop the climb to Cogne (Valnontey).
As in the previous two stages, it was a fierce start to the day with multiple attacks at the start of the day before eventually the elastic snapped and a large breakaway group of 20 riders escaped. With all Development Team DSM riders in the peloton, attention switched to staying safe and conserving as much energy as possible before the climbs in the finale.
The group ahead worked well together and continued to increase their advantage over the ever diminishing yellow jersey peloton as the afternoon progressed. With their gap standing at over five minutes heading towards the last climb, it was clear the breakaway would take the win. Back in the peloton, the team rode well to support stage two winner Gianmarco Garofoli as well as they could, with Garofoli trying to attack and get clear of the yellow jersey on the final climb, but it was to no avail. Finishing alongside the yellow jersey, Garofoli secured a brilliant second place on GC alongside the best young rider’s jersey for the team after three hard days of racing.