Verschoor Sprints to Fifth in Tour of Estonia Opener

27 May 2016

Race: Tour of Estonia, Stage 1 

Start/Finish: Tallinn / Tartu, Estonia

Distance: 190 kilometers 

Tartu, Estonia — Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor showcased his strength when he finished fifth on Stage 1 of the Tour of Estonia. Following the first stage, Team Novo Nordisk is first place in the team classification.

Friday’s 190-kilometer race featured two categorized climbs and two intermediate sprints before a flat finish into Tartu. A four-man break escaped 70 km into the day and was reeled in 20 km before the finish. Team Novo Nordisk rode well together heading into the finish in anticipation of a bunch sprint. Grzegorz Stepniak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) took the win with Verschoor finishing in the same time. Verschoor is Team Novo Nordisk’s best-place rider overall in ninth place, 10 seconds behind Stepniak.

“To be honest, I wanted better than fifth and I know I have the form to do it,” Verschoor said. “I tapped my breaks with 100 meters to go and if I hadn’t hesitated, I believe I could have won.

Team Novo Nordisk continues racing at the two-day Tour of Estonia with the final stage on Saturday. Stage 2 is a 144-km circuit around Tartu and features 15 laps around a 9.6-km course.


  • 1st: Grzegorz Stepniak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice): 4:03:24
  • 2nd: Mihkel Raim (Cycling Academy Team): same time as Stepniak
  • 3rd: Ludwig Bengtsson (Sweden National Team): same time as Stepniak

Team Novo Nordisk Results: 

  • Martijn Verschoor: 5th: same time as Stepniak
  • Andrea Peron: 13th: same time as Stepniak
  • Chris Williams: 18th: same time as Stepniak
  • Charles Planet: 48th: same time as Stepniak
  • Corentin Cherhal: 56th: same time as Stepniak
  • Ruud Cremers: 81st: same time as Stepniak


(Photo: ©Tamru Haud)

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