Extreme Weather Shakes Up GP Saguenay Opener

10 June 2016

Race: Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay, Stage 1

Start/Finish: La Baie /La Baie

Distance: 151 kilometers (reduced from 165km)

La Baie, QuebecTeam Novo Nordisk battled brutal weather conditions on Thursday’s GP Saguenay opener. Veteran Team Novo Nordisk rider Martijn Verschoor led a young Team Novo Nordisk squad to the start line, and the riders were immediately put to the test, with icy rain and temperatures of 35ºF /2ºC.

A group of five riders pulled away after the race’s first lap, and seven more riders soon join. Team Novo Nordisk fought inside the main group. “It was a tough stage for everyone,” Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov said. “Riders started dropping off right from the first lap. We lost Brian Kamstra on the second lap and Nico Lefrançois fell off on the third. Unfortunately both weren’t able to finish. Today felt like a survival stage for our guys.”

Due to the extreme conditions, the organizers made the decision to stop the race one lap early. Canadian Ben Perry (Silber Pro Cycling) took the win, and the Team Novo Nordisksquad finished with the main group, with neo-pro Medhi Benhamouda finishing best for the team at 16th.

“From the start, it was pouring rain rain, icy rain,” said veteran Team Novo Nordisk rider Martijn Verschoor (NED), “and it was very windy. Halfway through the race we lost site of the breakaway and weren’t able to catch them again. My teammates raced very well on this brutal stage, and I’m optimistic for the upcoming days.”


  • 1st: Ben Perry (Silber Pro Cycling), 3:50:57
  • 2nd: Mihkel Raim (Cycling Academy Team), “
  • 3rd: Alex Cataford (Silber Pro Cycling), “

Team Novo Nordisk Results:

  • 16rd: Medhi Benhamouda, 7:41 behind Perry
  • 21st: Gerd de Keijzer, “
  • 29th: Martijn Verschoor, “
  • 42nd: Stephen Clancy, “
  • 43rd: Kevin de Mesmaeker, “
  • DNF: Brian Kamstra
  • DNF Nicolas Lefrançois


(Photos: © Sophie LaVoie)

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