The success story of Team Novo Nordisk at USA Pro Cycling Challenge continues: Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, celebrates its first top ten result in “America’s Toughest Professional Cycling Race” as the Dutch sprinter Martijn Verschoor Team Novo Nordisk finished 7th. The 3rd stage lead the riders from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs with 170,8km (106.2m). Team Novo Nordisks rider Javier Megias from Spain came in 24th together with the same time as the winner Peter Sagan. He therefore conserves his promising position in the GC of the race with a gap of just 46 seconds behind the overall leader Lachlan Morton. Megias currently holds the 18th position overall.
It comes with no surprise that Vassili Davidenko, Corporate Vice President Cycling Operation of Team Novo Nordisk, is happy with the team’s performance so far: “That was another very good day in the history of our young team,” he said. “Our guys made strong attempts at the breakaway, our guys are leaded by Javier in a very good position in the GC and it was good to keep Javier fresh and saving energy for the final three stages. He is ready for tomorrow.” Davidenko particularly mentioned the finish of the team: “It was great to see our guys working together in the final sprint to get Martijn into position. Congratulation to the entire team!”
The team was working together perfectly in the last kilometers when a Dutch-Italian cooperation made possible the great result: “Andrea and I worked well together and Kevin made a good attack,” the Dutch rider Martijn Verschoor says. “I tried to move on the left in the final but got blocked, but in the last few meters I tried to re-attack and ended up 7th,” he says with a smile. “Not bad for a rider with diabetes.” Andrea Peron came in 20th.
Kevin de Mesmaeker was in a good position as well: “Then the crash happened in front of me with 700m to go. I was lucky that I managed to stay on the bike.” The Belgium rider finished 39th, just a little bit behind Javier Megias from Spain, the leader of Team Novo Nordisk for the GC. Fabio Calabria from Australia was in the middle of the crash in the finale: “What a crazy finish. There’s limited opportunity for our group finish, so the sprinters try and make the most of it. I’m lucky I’m ok.”
The start of the 3rd stage had been sketchy already: “It was a very tough race in the beginning – the first climb was intense and there were a lot of attacks. Things smoothed out, however, and the race progressed at a smooth, steady pace”, Pavel Cherkasov, Sports Director of Team Novo Nordisk combines.
Tomorrow’s 4th stage of the USA Pro Challenge will be 165,5km (102.9m) and leads from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek. It’s the first participation of Team Novo Nordisk in a major US stage race.
Lineup of Team Novo Nordisk for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
There are riders from six nations riding the USA Pro Cycling Challenge for Team Novo Nordisk:
The lineup for Colorado:
Fabio Calabria, AUS, 25
Kevin de Mesmaeker, BEL, 22
Joonas Henttala, FIN, 21
David Lozano Riba, ESP, 24
Javier Megias Leal, ESP, 29
Andrea Peron, ITA, 24
Martijn Verschoor, NED, 28
Chris Williams, AUS, 31