Gatteo, Italy — The opening day of Settimana Internazionale Coppi & Bartali featured two stages beginning in the morning with a 99.5-kilometer road race followed by a 13.3-km team time trial in the afternoon.
The road race, which started and finished in Gatteo, kicked off at a blistering pace that saw several Team Novo Nordisk riders fighting to make the break.
“I was glad to see our riders active on the front of the peloton this morning,” Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko said. “They really tried to get into the breakaway but unfortunately missed out when the break finally went.”
A seven-man group escaped but they were caught by a large group of more than 50 riders inside the final 20 km. Ben Swift (Team Sky) won the bunch sprint ahead of Manuele Mori (Lampre-Merida) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale). Spaniard David Lozano finished as Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider, 50 seconds behind Swift.
Afternoon Race Against the Clock
In a unique but traditional twist for Coppi e Bartali, teams split their riders into two teams of four riders each for the team time trial. Team Novo Nordisk’s fastest team featured Kevin De Mesmaeker, Joonas Henttala, David Lozano and Chris Williams while the second team, including Nicolas Lefrançois, Andrea Peron, Charles Planet and Martijn Verschoor, finished 15 seconds later.
Building upon their morning win, winner of the last two editions of the Tour de France, Team Sky also won the afternoon’s team time trial.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali on Friday with a mountainous stage beginning in Sant’Angelo di Gatteo. The 160.2-km race climbs Ville de Monte Tiffi five times before finishing in Sogliano al Rubicone.