TNN Wraps a Solid Volta Rio Grande do Sul

10 April 2016

Race: Volta Ciclística Internacional do Rio Grande do Sul, Stage 5

Start/Finish: Farroupilha / Farroupilha , Brazil

Distance: 156 kilometers 

Farroupilha , Brazil – The fifth and final stage of the Rio Grande do Sul began and ended in Farroupilha. Team Novo Nordisk set up to attack right away, and Corentin Cherhal (FRA) escaped into the first breakaway of the day, which was caught quickly. Chris Williams (AUS) joined the second breakaway attempt, which stayed away until the final 25km.

“Our goal was to set up Joonas Henttala in a good position for the last climb to battle it out for the general classification,” Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov said. “And did a good job of putting a rider in every risky breakaway and protecting Joonas until the climb. Our team executed all of its planed tactics and set up Joonas for the climb. In the end, Joonas tried to fend off the leaders, but wasn’t able to keep up with the splintering front group and finished 26th.”

Team Ecuador’s Jefferson Cepeda took the stage win and Murilo Affonso (Funvic Soul Cycles – Carrefour) took top honors, with Henttala finishing the race 15th overall.


  • 1st: Jefferson Cepeda (Team Ecuador), 3:56:11
  • 2nd: Alan Maniezzo (Brazil), 0:02 behind Cepeda
  • 3rd: Edson Calderon (Team Ecuador), “

Team Novo Nordisk Results:

  • Joonas Henttala: 26th: 2:40 behind Cepeda
  • Corentin Cherhal: 48th: 6:52 behind Cepeda
  • Chris Williams: 49th: “
  • Andrea Peron: 50th: “
  • James Glasspool: 61st: 9:02
  • Gerd de Keijzer: 62nd: “


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