Verschoor Finishes Just Outside Top 10 at Dubai Tour

04 February 2016

Race: Dubai Tour, stage 2

Start/Finish:  Dubai/Palm Jumeirah Atlantis

Distance: 183 kilometers

Dubai, U.A.E.- Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor sprinted to 11th place on Stage 2 of Dubai Tour, placing him 13th overall in general classification.

Thursday’s stage kicked off with several attacks. “The pace was high from the very beginning with many attacks and counter-attacks,” Team Novo Nordisk Senior Vice President of Athletics, Vassili Davidenko said.

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After 6km, a four-man break was able to pull away, and though the Team Novo Nordisk squad was active, they had no luck in making the break. Etixx – Quick Step set a fast tempo in the peloton, with an average speed of 49.8km/h, and Team Novo Nordisk worked to put sprinter Martijn Verschoor in position for the final sprint.

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The Dutch rider was well protected approaching the final 3km, “but 1.5km from the finish,” Davidenko points out, “the peloton passed through a tunnel, and there was a crash on the exit. The riders were forced to slow down to get around the crash, and a lot of speed was lost. Martijn was able to work to recover several positions and still finish the race at a solid 11th position.”

“It was unfortunate that I lost some speed in the crash,” Verschoor says. “I got bit fatigued working my way back to the front and may have lost power for the final 300m. But I felt very strong today, and my teammates did a great job to support me throughout the entire stage. It’s too bad I didn’t score a top 10 today, but tomorrow is a G.C. day, and I am in a good position at 13th overall. So I hope I’ll be able to move into the top 10 after tomorrow’s stage.”


  • 1st – Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
  • 2nd – Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida)
  • 3rd – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Team Novo Nordisk Results:

  • 11th – Martijn Verschoor
  • 29th – Charles Planet
  • 43rd – David Lozano
  • 45th – Nicolas Lefrançois
  • 50th – Andrea Peron
  • 56th – Joonas Henttala
  • 84th – Stephen Clancy
  • 97th – Javier Megias

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Dubai Tour on Friday with Stage 3. The 172-kilometer stage begins again at Dubai International Marine Club and ends with an uphill finish in Hatta Dam with maximum gradients of 17 percent.

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