Giro Under 23: Leo Hayter wins in Pinzolo.  Now there is an unreleased Mortirolo

Second stage in Trentino: shot by the twenty-year-old, younger brother of the professional team Ineos, who runs with the team of Merckx’s son. On Monday the hardest stage with the Passo di Guspessa: it is the Sernio side of the Valtellinese climb, 11 km at 11%. Arrival in Santa Caterina Valfurva, the town of the Olympian Compagnoni

His name is Leo Hayter, he is 20 years old and is the younger brother of Ethan, 23, a professional of the Ineos-Grenadiers team. Leo Hayter races for the US formation Hagens Bermans Axeon, directed by Axel Merckx, the son of the Cannibal. In the second stage of the 45th Giro d’Italia Under 23, Rossano Veneto-Pinzolo, 166 km, Hayter attacks on the Stenico GP, reaches the treads and takes them off on the long false flat towards the Trentino finish line when there are 5 km to go. At 39 ”Busatto overtakes Petrucci and Marcellusi for second place. Hayter thus snatches the pink leader’s jersey from Bruttomesso from Vicenza.

I arrive: 1. Leo Hayter (Gb, Hagens Berman Axeon) 164.9 km in 3h58’09 “, average 41.545 km / h; 2. Francesco Busatto (General Store) at 39 ”; 3. Mattia Petrucci (Team Colpack Ballan); 4. Martin Marcellusi (Bardiani CSF Faizané); 5. Nicolò Parisini (Team Qhubeka).

Classification: 1. Leo Hayter (Gb, Hagens Berman Axeon); 2. Francesco Busatto (General Store) at 43 ”; 3. Mattia Petrucci (Team Colpack Ballan) at 45 ”; 4. Sean Flynn (Gb, Tudor) at 49 “; 5. Martin Marcellusi (Bardiani CSF Faizané).

On Monday the third stage, Pinzolo-Santa Caterina Valfurva, 182 km, is the busiest day of the Under 23 race, with almost 5000 meters of altitude difference. You have to climb Campo Carlo Magno at the start (6.4 km at 5.3%), the Tonale Pass from the Dimaro side (14 km at 6.4%), then from Edolo you go up towards Aprica (13 km at 4 %), descent on Tirano and from here you face the unprecedented Passo di Guspessa: 11.3 km at 11%. It is an unprecedented side of the Mortirolo, which is taken from Sernio and then connects to the Mortirolo ridge that rises from Aprica. The Guspessa pass is one of the least known in the area, it connects the upper Valcamonica and the Valtellina, yet it has been for centuries the most convenient way to connect Venice with Chur (the Grisons) and with the basin of Lake Constance. Descent on Grosio and from Bormio begins the long and gentle final climb towards Santa Caterina Valfurva, the village of Deborah Compagnoni, three Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing: the ascent measures 12 km at 4.6%. In thirty years, Mortirolo has become more and more an icon of cycle tourism: it climbs from six sides (Aprica, Tovo Sant’Agata, Sernio, Mazzo, Grosio and Monno), we are 60,000 passes a year at the top, where the enthusiast also finds the charging sockets for the e-bike. At the professional Giro d’Italia, Mortirolo was climbed in the Salò-Aprica stage, the day that celebrated a gastronomic excellence of Valtellina such as Sforzato wine.

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