Race: BC Superweek – North Delta Criterium
Start/Finish: North Delta, British Columbia, Canada
Distance: 54 kilometers
North Delta, CANADA — Team Novo Nordisk raced Friday’s 45-lap twilight criterium through the heart of North Delta on a rolling 1.2-kilometer course.
The high-paced “hour of power” was extra demanding for two of Team Novo Nordisk’s riders – Chris Williams and Stephen Clancy – who were returning to racing after being sidelined by injuries for most of the season.
Heading into the final lap, Fabio Calabria and Mehdi Benhamouda were in good position, but a crash on the climb took down the Aussie and made for a chaotic final sprint.
“Today was my first race back in nine months after a collarbone injury and then a knee injury. It was a tough one-hour of racing full gas. Criteriums are an interesting style to return to, but it went okay and I was feeling reasonably well. We had Fabio and Mehdi holding great position throughout the race but unfortunately Fabio was held up in a crash on the last lap and Mehdi finished with the front group.”
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing at BC Superweek on Saturday at the Ladner Criterium. The men’s pro race is a 60-lap battle around a technical 0.9-km course through the historic fishing village.
1st: Eric Young (Rally Cycling): 1:11:01.70
2nd: Florenz Knauer (Herrmann Radteam): ”
3rd: Bradley Huff (Rally Cycling): “
25th: Mehdi Benhamouda: 1:11:18.00
Photos: ©Oran Kelly