This talented 24 year old Italian has had a good, solid season.
His main role for Bardiani CSF, has been to work for the team and Manuel Bongiorno. They link-up very well together and Zardini led him out well on stage 3 of the Tour of Denmark, this helped him to finish 4th overall(1 place ahead of his teammate) thanks to a better time-trial.
His best race of the season was the Giro dell’Emilia, where he tested the strength of Diego Ulissi, on the final climb into San Luca. Unfortunately, he didn’t manage to break Ulissi, but did hold on for 6th.
He will hope for more chances in 2014, as he has demonstrated his climbing abilities and will look to take part in his 2nd Giro.
Here is an interview I did with Edoardo:-
This was your first season racing in elite races, how do you think you did?
I’m very happy about my first pro season, in several races (especially in the second part), I was able to ride on the same level as strong riders.
You had a good solid season,with 2 stand out performances in the tour of Denmark and Giro dell’Emilia. What race was your best?
I think Giro d’Emilia was the race where I did the best performance, I tried until the end to win but Ulissi was too strong. Anyway I don’t have regrets about my result. Also I’m satisfied about Coppa Agostoni, where I was in the leading group until 1km to go. While the placement at the Tour of Denmark was a surprise, I felt good in the first days but I didn’t expect to be so strong, also I did a very good time trial.