Odense, Denmark — Team Novo Nordisk claimed its first ever podium at the Post Danmark Rundt when seasoned veteran Chris Williams earned most aggressive rider honors on Stage 4. The result marks William’s first podium of the year.
“I said I was going to make things interesting today and do my part to represent Team Novo Nordisk in front of all the Danish fans,” the 32-year-old Williams said. “Getting up on the podium and showing the Changing Diabetes kit feels good, but I can’t help but replay how I could have won today’s stage.”
Following a flurry of early attacks, Williams and two other riders escaped following the race start in Nyborg. The trio gained a gap of more than three minutes on the 100-km route while they raced through strong winds and heavy rain. By the time the escapees hit the finishing circuits around Odense, it was down to just Williams and one other rider. The duo worked well together, but the chasing peloton proved to be too much with Williams being caught inside the final 150 meters.
“Today was truly an amazing day for Chris Williams and Team Novo Nordisk,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland. ” The Post Danmark Rundt features some of the best professional bike racers in the world and Chris nearly beat all of them. Watching Chris get caught so close to the line was a little bittersweet, but regardless of the result, it was a victory for our team and those affected by diabetes.”
Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team) took the win ahead of Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and Filippo Fortin (Bardiani – CSF).
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team resumes racing this evening at the Post Danmark Rundt with a 14.8-km individual time trial throughout Middelfart.
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