Istanbul, Turkey — Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias featured in the main breakaway on Sunday’s final stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey.
Before the race, Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko encouraged the riders to fight to get into the day’s breakaway. He explained that it would be tough because all teams wanted to be in the break, but stressed the importance of Team Novo Nordisk’s participation.
“We’ve had a solid race here in Turkey and let’s work to finish well,” Davidenko said. “Every team will be fighting to make the break, and I expect you guys to keep going one after another until one of us makes the break.”
As predicted, attacks began immediately after the start but it took nearly 30 kilometers for the break to form. The Changing Diabetes jersey was seen constantly off the front of the peloton as Charles Planet, Joonas Henttala, and Kevin De Mesmaeker all worked to make the break, but it wasn’t until Javier Megias’ relentless attack that the day’s break formed.
“It was really hard to get into the break today. The WorldTour teams just didn’t want to let anything go,” Megias said. “It was great seeing Team Novo Nordisk fight so hard to make the break, and I was happy to end this year’s Tour of Turkey on such a high note.”
Megias, along with six other riders, maintained to their lead until the penultimate lap around Istanbul. A sprint finish followed with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma- Quick Step) earning his fourth win of the race. Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron finished in 13th place. Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE) took the overall win with Megias finishing as Team Novo Nordisk’s top-placed rider in 14th, 2:10 behind Yates.
The 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey proved to be a standout race for the world’s first-all diabetes pro cycling team. Megias earned the team’s first top 10 place at the race on Stage 6, while Martijn Verschoor featured in the break for more than 150 kilometers on Stage 2. The entire team garnered seven top 20 finishes throughout the race.