Benhamouda 8th on final stage at Belgrade Banjaluka

25 April 2021

Team Novo Nordisk save the best until last in Serbia. A great day of teamwork concludes with a perfect lead out from Charles Planet and 8th place from Mehdi Benhamouda. The team’s second top ten of the 2021. 

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“I saw some good signs from the boys this week, of course I am still getting to know the riders and how they work best, but especially towards the end of the race they were working well together and communicating more and they demonstrated that today by helping Mehdi to a top 10 finish.”

“We are trying to get a point where the guys are sacrificing themselves for the common goal, understanding what their roles are and working to achieve those objectives. Racing is dynamic and things change constantly and it’s really important to communicate and adapt to the situation.”

“Yes, we didn’t get the results that we wanted at the start, but we gained experience from our first race in Serbia and took another important step forward and like in Rhodes they produced the goods on the last stage. These guys certainly know how to save the best until last.” 

Mehdi Benhamouda:

“I’m so happy that we could get the results that we’ve been working for here at Belgrade Banjaluka for the last few days. The guys gave it all for me today and did their jobs perfectly.”

“The final laps were very fast and hectic and at one point Charles just turned and said to me ‘let’s go!’ and we went! He gave me the perfect lead out and for sure I’m happy that we got top ten, but I think we can go better, top five or even the podium. That’s my goal now.”

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