Race: Post Danmark Rundt/ Stage 6
Start/Finish: Kalundborg to Frederiksberg, Denmark
Distance: 174 km
Overview: The final stage of the five-day Post Danmark Rundt was a 174-kilometer race beginning in Kalundborg and finishing outside of Copenhagen in Frederiksberg. The stage was significant for Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, because the course ran through the heart of the Novo Nordisk insulin production factory in Kalundborg where more than half of the world’s insulin is produced.
Attacks began early into the stage, but the peloton was determined to keep everyone together. It wasn’t until nearly 100 km into the 174-km race that a break escaped. The 13-man group had approximately 30 seconds when it hit the 10 finishing laps around Frederiksberg. They remained well organized and stayed away until the finish.
“We are still a very young team, but you can see improvements from last year to this year,” Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko said. “We earned a podium spot on Stage 4 with Chris Williams, and we were in the break three out of the five days. All week long, Team Novo Nordisk worked hard to help animate this race. We would have liked to bring the break back today so our sprinters could have had a chance, but that is how bike racing goes.”
Results: Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) sprinted to the win ahead of Valerio Agnoli (Astana Pro Team) and Martin Mortensen (Cult Energy Vital Water). Michael Valgren Andersen (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the overall.
Team Novo Nordisk resumes racing on Monday, August 18 at the eight-day USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, USA
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