Tough Day for TNN at Tour de Tochigi

24 March 2018

Race: Tour de Tochigi, stage 1

Start/Finish:  Oyama / Nikko, Japan

Distance103 kilometers

Umberto Poli:

“The tactic today was to try and get in the breakaway, and if that wasn’t possible, to try and stay in the front and try and get a result in the sprint. Unfortunately we didn’t get in the break. The breakaway was caught as we approached the last climb with the 20km to go, and I tried to stay with the first group. But by the last 10km, my legs were finished, so I arrived with the gruppetto. Now we’ll focus on recovery before tomorrow’s final stage.

This is my first time in Japan, and I think the quality of racing is very good.”

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes all pro cycling team, continues racing tomorrow at Tour de Tochigi, with the race’s final, 146.6k-km stage from Nasu to Moka.



1 Michael Potter (Australian Cycling Academy – Ride Sunshine Coast): 2:21:27

2 Raymond Kreder (Team UKYO): ”

3 Yuzuru Suzuki (Utsunomiya Blitzen): ”

40: Sam Brand: 2:14 behind Potter

(Photos: ©Sonoko Tanaka)

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