Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Knowsley/Llandudno, England, United Kingdom
Distance: 200.8 kilometer
Llandudno, England —Team Novo Nordisk fought hard from the start of Monday’s Stage 2 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain. The peloton rolled out of Knowsley at a high pace with all teams fighting to get into the day’s break. Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor earned a spot in an early 25-man break and was runner-up through the first intermediate sprint, but the group was soon reeled in.
Team Novo Nordisk’s Joonas Henttala next led an attack. Along with another rider, the duo gained a slight advantage as they crossed Liverpool’s iconic Silver Jubilee Bridge, but they were soon brought back. Eventually, a six-man group escaped and built a maximum gap of nearly four minutes.
All the riders were caught inside the final five kilometers and a bunch sprint ensued. Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished ten seconds behind winner Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).
TNN’s Charles Planet rode strong near the front all day, but a crash inside the final kilometers spoiled his chances on the day. The Frenchman courageously finished the race and hopefully will take the start tomorrow.
“The descent from Marine Drive down to the finish was incredibly chaotic,” Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano said. “I kept falling back, catching up, falling back. It was at such a fast pace. I was happy to find Martijn and ride in together.”
Results: Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win ahead of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Sam Bennett (Team Netapp-Endura).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Friends Life Tour of Britain on Tuesday with the race’s queen stage. The 179.9-km race begins in Newtown and features three climbs and three intermediate sprints before a summit finish into The Tumble, a six-kilometer climb in South Wales.
(Photo: ©Larry Hickmott)