Race: Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
Start/Finish: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Distance: 173 kilometers
Philadelphia, Penn — Team Novo Nordisk competed in its second race of the day when it tackled the 173-kilometer Philadelphia International Cycling Classic in the United States.
Team Novo Nordisk started with a reduced roster of six riders due to unexpected travel issues. One of these riders was Javier Megias, who has earned two top 10 finishes at the Philly race. With such a major last-minute change to the race strategy, Team Novo Nordisk looked to young French rider Charles Planet.
The race featured nine laps of a 19.8-km circuit that culminated on the Manayunk Wall with maximum gradients of 17 percent. Several breaks were seen throughout the day, but everything was reeled in by a diminished peloton on the final lap. Three Team Novo Nordisk riders were in this front group, Planet, Martijn Verschoor and Kevin De Mesmaeker. The trio rode well together in support of Planet but the formidable Manayunk Wall proved too much for the Frenchman who finished in the chase group less than a minute behind race winner, Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).
“I felt really good but I made some youthful mistakes. Every lap I started too far back on the climb and had to fight to move up some positions,” Planet said. “Martijn and Kevin helped me a lot and I really tried on that final climb to earn a good result. When the break went and I missed it, I was so frustrated because I felt good enough and know I can do better. I really tried my best but made some mistakes that I need to learn from. The upcoming Tour de Beauce is a very good race for us. Martijn and I are riding really well together, and I know we can do something big later this week in Canada.”
Results: Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) sprinted to the win one second ahead of Michael Woods (Optum Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing on Monday at the Tour de Korea. The 174.4-km Stage 2 starts in Gumi and ends in Muju.