Race: Tour de San Luis, Stage 1
Start/Finish: San Luis/Villa Mercedes, Argentina
Distance: 186.8 kilometers
Villa Mercedes, Argentina —Team Novo Nordisk kicked off the 2015 season on Monday with a 186.8-kilometer race beginning in the city of San Luis and finishing in Villa Mercedes.
An early three-man group escaped and built a gap of more than three and a half minutes. The peloton experienced strong headwinds as they raced through two intermediate sprints. They benefited from a tailwind after they turned around in Justo Daract, but this lead to a hectic finish as they raced towards Villa Mercedes. After the escapees were caught, the speed increased and there were several late race crashes; all Team Novo Nordisk riders remained safe. The race ended with a sprint finish where Fernando Gaviria (Columbian National Team) sprinted to the win with Andrea Peron finishing as Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 15th place.
“I tried to attack at the start to try my legs because they were feeling good, but I couldn’t get in it,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet said. “I can feel a big difference between last year and this year. For the first time, I was able to help out Martijn and Andrea. This will help to continue with building my confidence for the next stages. Unfortunately, I got caught behind a late crash, so I wasn’t able to help them in the final three kilometers, but I think if I was there that I could have helped Andrea in the lead out.”
Results: Fernando Gaviria (Columbian National Team) took the win ahead of Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Tour de San Luis on Tuesday with Stage 2, a 185.3-km race that begins in La Punta. The riders will tackle two intermediate sprints and one categorized climb before a category-one summit finish on Mirador del Potrero.
(Photo: ©Tim de Waele)