Team Novo Nordisk Kicks Off Tour of China I in Jintang
08 September 2018
Race: 2018 Tour of China I, Stage 1
Location: Jintang Huaizhou / Jintang Huaizhou, China
Distance: 82.9 kilometers
JINTANG HUIZHOU, CHN – Team Novo Nordisk launched its Asian race campaign on Saturday at the first stage of the Tour of China I, beginning a pair of linked stage races that will see the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team cover 13 stages in 16 days.
Mehdi Benhamouda was the team’s top finisher for the 83km circuit race around Jintang, crossing the line 15th ten seconds behind stage winner Mateo Malucelli of Italy.
The Tour of China I moves next to Pinchang for a 140km loop through hilly country for stage two.
“It’s cool to be back here in China after a fun week in Rwanda two or three weeks ago. Travel went well and the weather seems ok; nice and dry, a little bit warm. So we’ll see how it goes. There’ll be some interesting dynamics with some unknown teams and some familiar teams, but we’re excited.”
1st: Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec): 1:46:48
2nd: Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia): ”
3 BENFATTO Marco Benfatto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec): ”
15th: Mehdi Benhamouda: 0:10 behind Malucelli
(Photos: ©Anne Wu)