Photo Credit: Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta
A brutal day of racing saw Mauro Brenner infiltrate a strong breakaway that would go on to fight of the win, with the first-year U23 riding brilliantly to claim third place in Fénis on the queen stage.
It was a fierce start to proceedings with Milan Kadlec attacking from the flag drop but his group was soon brought back. The attacks kept going and eventually the elastic snapped after a big battle, with Adam Seeman and Mauro Brenner making it into the move of around 14 riders. Working well together, the break continued to extend their gap over the bunch but the terrain was tough and Seeman had to let go of the group around halfway into the day alongside some other riders, joining Frank Aron Ragilo in the peloton.
Brenner continued to fight up front as the pace remained high and ramped up even further throughout the day. Heading into the penultimate climb they held a six minute lead over the peloton where things completely exploded and riders attacked. That meant the strong tempo continued and as they hit the final ten kilometres, all of which were uphill, the gap was down to two minutes. Brenner showed great legs as more of his breakaway companions dropped and found himself part of a front trio. Fighting to the end, he would take third place – a great result on an incredibly tough parcours.