Race: Tour of Denmark, PostNord Danmark Rundt, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Nykobing Falster / Nykobing Falster, Denmark
Distance: 19.1 kilometers
Nykobing Falster, Denmark — Saturday’s individual time trial was a 19.1-kilometer race around the picturesque waterfront city of Nykobing. Team Novo Nordisk’s riders tackled the race against the clock on their Colnago K-Zeros under blue skies and gusting winds.
Mads Pedersen (Team PostNord Denmark) laid down the fastest time in 21:52. Team Novo Nordisk’s Chris Williams was the team’s best-placed rider finishing 2:56 behind Pedersen. Wout Van Aert (Veranda’s Willems – Crelan) took second on the stage to extend his overall race lead heading into Copenhagen.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, concludes racing at the PostNord Danmark Rundt with Sunday’s final stage. Stage 5 is a 198.8-km race that begins in Faxe and concludes with ten 6.75-km laps around Frederiksberg.
Following a standout day in the breakaway on Stage 3, Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet goes into the final stage still in contention for the race’s hill competition jersey. He is 24 points behind current leader Nicolai Brochner (Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources) and the stage includes four categorized climbs.
“The wind played a bigger role out on course than I expected during recon. It was a tailwind at the start, after about 10 kilometers, it switched to a crosswind and the finish was a complete headwind.”
1st: Mads Pedersen (Team PostNord Denmark): 21:52
2nd: Wout Van Aert (Veranda’s Willems – Crelan): 0:07 behind Pedersen
3rd: Martin Toft Madsen (BHS-Almeborg Bornhold): 0:10 behind Pedersen
73rd: Chris Williams: 2:56 behind Pedersen
(Photos: ©René Vigneron)