Martijn Verschoor Interview: It’s March so it must be time to catch up with Novo Nordisk rider; Martijn Verschoor. Even this early in the season he has put three big events under his belt and we managed to grab him at his Spanish base for some words before he shot off to Mexico.
Team Novo Nordisk will again race with a ProContinental license in the 2014 season. The world cycling federation UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) confirmed the license for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
For the final of it’s first season, Team Novo Nordisk returns to China for the last race this year. The Tour of Hainan on the Chinese holiday island is one of the most beautiful races in Asia and yet one of the hardest. The nine stages with a total of 1418,6km that start and end in Chengmai in the northern part of the island are the fifth “Hors Catégorie”, the highest category in the international cycling confederation UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
Despite a strong presentation in Changsha's rain, the second part of the Tour of China hasn't started lucky for Team Nordisk. After a mass crash about 50 meters in front of the finish, in which the Dutch Martijn Verschoor also fell, the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team has to live without another top-ten placement.
Strong final at the Tour of China: Team Novo Nordisk until finish in the offensive.
The series continues: Team Novo Nordisk again raced into top-ten in the fifth stage of the Tour of China.
Tour of China: Megias takes over mountain jersey – Peron climbs to 3th place overall.
Team Novo Nordisk's series continues. At the 3rd stage of the Tour of China the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team can celebrate not only the 3rd top-ten placement but also the 2nd podium. After 151 km (93.8 m) with start and finish in Pengzhou, Andrea Peron raced to place three just like in Xi'an at the opening of the Tour of China. And even more was possible at this 3rd stage.
The Tour of China has started almost perfectly for Team Novo Nordisk. After 96.9km (60.2m), Andrea Peron finished 3rd after a strong finish in Xi’an. He therefore missed the yellow jersey only by seconds. It was the second podium in this season for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team. The 24-year-old Peron had been 3rd in the opening stage of the Tour de Beauce in Canada already.
For Team Novo Nordisk one highlight follows the other: After the successful performances in the US and in Brazil, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team will race in China for the first time.
Team Novo Nordisk has completed its performance with a great finale at the Tour do Rio. In the final stage of the most important stage race in Brazil, both Martijn Verschoor and Andrea Peron were able to get in the top ten, finishing 6th and 8th respectively in the 182km (113.3m) stage.
Andrea Peron finishes 6th in Rio das Ostras – Team Novo Nordisk continues with its most successful performance in the Tour do Rio.
Second stage in Brazil: Andrea Peron seventh after a strong race from Volta Redonda to Três Rios.
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.
Three top-ten finishes during the first major US stage race for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
Andrea Peron finishes 6th in Fort Collins which is the second top-ten finish for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
The Spanish rider Javier Megias from Team Novo Nordisk conserves his 17th place in the general classification of "America’s Toughest Professional Cycling Race" as he finished 28th in today’s queen stage.
Martijn Verschoor 7th in stage 3 of USA Pro Challenge – first top ten finish for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team in "America’s Toughest Professional Cycling Race"
Strong performance by Team Novo Nordisk rider Javier Megias in Stage 2 of USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge.
For the first time in history, an all-diabetes team of professional cyclists will line up at the start of the USA Pro Challenge, a race known as "America’s Toughest Professional Cycling Race," competing alongside the world’s best athletes. The USA Pro Challenge will take place from August 19th to 25th and travel through eight host cities from Aspen to Denver covering almost 600 miles.