Team Novo Nordisk started successfully into its premier at the Tour de Rio in Brazil. The world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team presented itself offensively right from the start. The routinier of the Team, Chris William, presented his jersey “Changing Diabetes” in the breakaway group of the day. William was caught only 20km before the finish line. The stage was 152km (94,5m) long, started in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic city of 2016, and ended in Angra dos Reis. Alfonso Roldan won the race right before Edward Ortiz, both from Columbia. Martijn Verschoor finished 6th in the first group of chasers. “A great performance but not a surprise. Martijn had shown his excellent shape at the beginning of the US Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs already, where he finished 7th. The great performance during the steep and challenging finish in Brazil makes us optimistic for the oncoming stages,” says Vassili Davidenko, Corporate Vice President Cycling Operation of Team Novo Nordisk. Verschoor could rely on his team once again. “Fabio and Andrea did a great job!” as the 28-year-old from the Netherlands said.
The second stage of the Tour do Rio, the most important race in Brazil, will be 162km (100.7m) from Volta Redonda to Três Rios. After a couple of very hard climbs during the first 50km, the following part of the stage will be downhill mostly. A handful of steep climbs during the last 20km, however, will most likely give the sprinters a hard time.
Lineup of Team Novo Nordisk for the Tour do Rio
There are racing riders from five nations Tour do Rio for Team Novo Nordisk:
The lineup for Brazil:
Fabio Calabria, AUS, 25
Stephen Clancy, IRE, 21
Aaron Perry, NZL, 25
Andrea Peron, ITA, 24
Martijn Verschoor, NED, 28
Chris Williams, AUS, 31