Verschoor Stars in Break on Rainy Tour of Taihu Lake Stage
08 November 2016
Race: Tour of Taihu Lake, Stage 3
Start/Finish: AnJi Rural Commercial Bank / Jiangnan TianchiLake Scenic Area, China
Distance: 106.3 kilometers
Jiangnan TianchiLake Scenic Area, China — Team Novo Nordisk rider Martijn Verschoor starred in the day’s main breakaway at Tuesday’s cold and rainy stage 3 of Tour of Taihu Lake.
The 106.3-km stage was comprised of 88km of mostly flat terrain and a sharp climb with 18km to go. After 20km of racing, Verschoor and seven other riders managed to pull away and form the breakaway.
“I tried several times to get into the break,” Verschoor said, “and after 20km I finally succeeded. We rode fast and established a 4:00 gap. But all the GC teams where chasing us, and as we started the last climb, our lead was down to 2:00. It was cold and rainy today, and a GC day. ”
The break was finally caught at 7km go and as the riders started to battle the uphill finish. The peloton shattered inside the final kilometers, but Team Novo Nordisk stagiaire Rik van IJzendoorn was able to hang on with the first group.
Cameron Bayly (Attaque Team Gusto) won the stage and claimed the yellow jersey, with van IJzendoorn finishing best for Team Novo Nordisk at 42nd.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Tour of Taihu Lake on Wednesday with the 106.3-km stage 4 in Wujiang.
- 1st: Cameron Bayly (Attaque Team Gusto): 2:41:00
2nd: Leonardo Dugue (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) 0:04 behind Bayly
3rd: Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier – Southeast): “
Team Novo Nordisk Prologue Results:
- 42nd: Rik van IJzendoorn: 2:52 behind Bayly
- 81st: Martijn Verschoor to 6:56: behind Bayly
- 95th: Gerd de Keijzer: 11:04: behind Bayly
- 96th: Chris Williams: “
- 100th: Quentin Valognes: “
- 111th: Corentin Cherhal: “
(Photos: ©Anne Wu)