Race: Coppa Bernocchi – G.P. BPM
Start/Finish: Legnano / Legnano, Italy
Distance: 192 kilometers
Legnano, Italy – Team Novo Nordisk was active from the start at Wednesday’s Coppa Bernocchi. But after 30km of racing, a group of eight riders pulled away to form the day’s main break without a member from the Team Novo Nordisk squad.
The 8-man group eventually established a maximum advantage of 4:00 over the peloton, but the Italian national team was determined to prevent the break from sticking, and with 60km remaining, all but two of the escapees had been reeled in.
“As the race enter the final seven laps through Olona,” said Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Massimo Podenzana, “the circuit was very nervous with a climb of 2.5km, but it flattened out inside the last 30km. That’s when the break was caught and a group of about 60 riders emerged to take on the final sprint.”
Attacks flew on the final two laps, with only Team Novo Nordisk riders David Lozano and Charles Planet managing to stay among the first group. The duo worked to get position in the final sprint but couldn’t catch the sprint group.
Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo, racing with the Italian national team, took the race win, with Lozano and Planet finishing 24th and 29th for Team Novo Nordisk respectively.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing tomorrow in Lissone, Italy, with the one-day semi-classic Coppa Agostoni and on Friday in Xinzhou with the final stage of the 2016 Tour of China I.
- 1st: Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy): 4:25:53
- 2nd: Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani – CSF): “
- 3rd: Paolo Simon (Bardiani – CSF): “
Team Novo Nordisk results:
- 24th: David Lozano: “
- 29th: Charles Planet: “