Team Novo Nordisk head home to race on US soil at the Maryland Classic
30 August 2023
Denmark is the adopted home of Team Novo Nordisk, but the USA’s top one-day professional cycling race Maryland Classic is still a homecoming for the American registered team and all eyes on will be on Baltimore on Labor Day weekend.
After securing his first WorldTour top ten in Poland former Czech U19 champion Matyas Kopecky carried the form into the Tour of Denmark last week, gaining another top ten, a frat repeated by captain Andrea Peron with both selflessly supporting Italian Filippo Ridolfo as he held the best young rider’s jersey for three days.
“This year has absolutely flown by and already we’re back at Maryland Classic,” began General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “It means so much for us as an American team to be racing at the biggest race in America and once again we aim to show exactly what we are all about by sharing our mission of inspiration, education and empowerment to all those affected by diabetes while racing for the best results possible.”
“Coming into Maryland after strong performances at the Tour de Pologne and last week at the Tour of Denmark – which was our best in ten years of racing there – is the best preparation we could hope for. We know the parcours is hard and we know the field strong, it’s important that we use that to drive us on to another good result.”
Spanish climber David Lozano was the standout performer for the world’s all diabetes professional team in 2022 and the Catalan returns for the second edition alongside former Hungarian champion Peter Kusztor with Manxman Sam Band and Kiwi Hamish Beadle in support.
“We’re absolutely buzzing to be back racing at Maryland Classic,” said Kopecky. “I wasn’t here last year when David produced such a strong performance and I’m excited to be racing on American roads for the first time.”
“It is a very difficult course and last year there was only a small percentage of the bunch that finished and if the race plays out the same way again this time around then it won’t be a surprise that a small group goes clear to contest the win. Personally, Maryland will be another important step in my continuing development and as our results have shown already this year, we keep stepping up in bigger races, so fingers crossed we can do the same on Sunday in Baltimore.’
Team Novo Nordisk at Maryland Classic, Sunday 3rd September
Hamish Beadle (NZL, 26)
Sam Brand (GBR, 31)
David Lozano (ESP, 34)
Peter Kusztor (HUN, 38)
Matyas Kopecky (CZ, 20)
Andrea Peron (IT, 34)
Filippo Ridolfo (IT, 21)