De Mesmaeker Animates Tour of Croatia Breakaway

20 April 2016

Race: Tour of Croatia, Stage 2

Start/Finish: NP Plitvice/Split, Croatia

Distance: 240 kilometers 

Split, Croatia —Team Novo Nordisk’s Kevin de Mesmaeker (BEL) ensured a good showing for the Changing Diabetes® jersey on stage 2 of the Tour of Croatia, featuring in the day’s six-man breakaway. The escapees pulled away soon after the start in picturesque Plitvička Jezera and gained a gap of more than 4:30 before being reeled in with less than 40km to go before the finish in Split.

“I really went for the Mountains jersey today,” said de Mesmaeker, who took first and second on the race’s two categorized climbs and finished second overall on the day behind Nicola Boem (Bardiani – CSF). “I ended with the same points as the leader, but since he took the second climb, he won the jersey.”

As the race approached its final kilometers, a crash split the peloton, and only Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet (FRA) was able to remain with the lead group and represent the squad. Planet went on to finish 31st behind stage winner Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).



  • 1st: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data): 5:27:45
  • 2nd: Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek –Segafredo): same time as Cavendish
  • 3rd: Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data)same time as Cavendish

Team Novo Nordisk Results: 

  • Charles Planet: 31st: same time as Cavendish
  • Andrea Peron: 89th: 0:51 behind Cavendish
  • Joonas Henttala: 90th: “
  • David Lozano: 106th: 2:27 behind Cavendish
  • Nicolas Lefrançois: 125th: 5:33 behind Cavendish
  • Martijn Verschoor: 126th: “
  • Javier Megias: 138: “



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