Leonardo Basso dug deep to pull off an impressive fifth-place finish as the Coppa Bernocchi came down to a bunch sprint in Legnano.
He told TeamSky.com: "It's been two good days of racing for the younger guys. For our two stagiaires it was the first time racing in a pro team and for Eddie it was his first race with the team. We were all quite interested to see how they would get on and I have to say they've all done a really brilliant job.
"Mark was pulling a lot yesterday and also today he did a lot to bring back the break in the final. Ethan was up there too and started the lead-out in the last kilometre. Eddie has done a really good job. Compared to Ethan and Mark he's obviously a bit further on as he's been racing all year with Aqua Blue. He's made an impressive start with the team. He's a super guy and he's fitted in really well.
"We raced for Kristoffer today. Gianni, Golas and Eddie were all in previous moves, just to make sure we always had someone in front and didn't have to chase behind. That worked really well. At the end I think we were one of the only teams who had the whole team there on the final circuit. So that demonstrates the level of our guys was good. It was a pity as Kristoffer was there until 50 metres from the last corner. He lost a few positions and at that point it was too late to do anything different in the lead-out. Leonardo tried to do his best and was still able to finish in a pretty good fifth place."