The 39.8-kilometre course was a tough affair, but Puccio received huge encouragement, with his name plastered over much of the parcours.
“On the stage there were so many people who saw me ride when I was young, racing for small teams. Every Sunday you would have a race with the team. Many Sport Directors still help with coaching for the youngsters now, and 15 years ago they were doing it for me.
“When I did the climb, after 12 kilometres there were so many people, and PUCCIO, PUCCIO, PUCCIO on the road for 25 minutes! I had to push a little bit more because of all the support. I tried to set a good pace.”
The combination of a more relaxed time trial stage, coupled with Monday’s rest day, added up to a memorable few days for Puccio – who played an impressive wingman role for Geraint Thomas in the race's opening week.
He added: “On a normal stage you just have a couple of moments with the fans at the start. You can maybe take a picture, say hello and then you have to go. But today we had more time, with people coming to the bus. I was able to see a lot more friends, as well as yesterday at the rest day. It’s been a great couple of days.
“You have to wait sometimes, as some years the Giro won’t pass through Umbria. But this year they took the chance to come and I’m really glad they did. Thanks to everyone as the support was incredible.”