Team Novo Nordisk | Cycling : 57th Brabantse Pijl 2017

TNN Makes 2017 Belgian Debut at Brabantse Pijl

12 April 2017

Race: Brabantse Pijl

Start/Finish: Leuven/Overijse, Belgium

Distance: 197 kilometers

Overijse, Belgium — Wednesday served as Team Novo Nordisk’s season opener in Belgium when the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team tackled the 57th edition of Brabantse Pijl. The race started under partly cloudy skies as the peloton tackled 26 climbs and multiple cobblestone sections.

A six-man break escaped early into the 197-kilometer race and earned a maximum gap of 6:45. As the race reached the hills, Christophe Prémont (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) fell out of the break and with 90 km remaining, Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) experienced a mechanical and dropped out of the break. The remaining quartet was swept up as they reached the final three 23-km laps around Overijse, Attacks followed, which formed a new front group. The reduced peloton attempted to reel them in, but this group held on by less than a minute until the finish with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) sprinting to the win.

David Lozano

“It was a hard day today. I’ve done this race three times, and this was by far the fastest to date. Unfortunately, I hit the ground, but I made it back and finished the race. I feel that my form is growing and I’m getting the legs for the Tour of California.”

Team Novo Nordisk’s Sports Director Lionel Marie

“Today, we finished three riders just outside of the front bunch. They were all together with one lap to go and positioning served as our key mistake of the day. They fell off the front with 10 kilometers to go. It is a hard race with a big champion (Philippe Gilbert) here, but we can see that the form is getting better every day.”

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Results: 

  • 1st: Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida): 4:44:22
  • 2nd: Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors): same time as Colbrelli
  • 3rd: Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal): same time as Colbrelli

Team Novo Nordisk Results: 

  • Charles Planet: 75th, 4:45 behind Colbrelli
  • David Lozano: 92nd, 7:08 behind Colbrelli
  • Javier Megias: 114th: 7:08 behind Colbrelli
  • Martijn Verschoor: did not finish
  • Fabio Calabria: did not finish
  • Gerd de Keijzer: did not finish
  • Rik van IJzendoorn: did not finish
  • Brian Kamstra: did not finish

(Photos: ©TDWSport)

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"It was a hard day today. I’ve done this race three times, and this was by far the fastest to date."

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