Race: Tour de San Luis/Stage 5
Start/Finish: San Luis, Argentina
Distance: 17.4 kilometers
San Luis, Argentina —Team Novo Nordisk raced against the clock for the first time this season at the 17.4-kilometer individual time trial at the Tour de San Luis.
The most noticeable aspect of Friday’s Stage 5 of the Tour de San Luis was the heat. With temperatures well into the 30’s C, it made for a sizzling race against the clock around San Luis. Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) had the fastest time in 20:07, with Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron finishing 2:46 behind. Daniel Diaz (Funvic-Sao Jose dos Campos) held onto the overall leader’s jersey.
In addition to the race, Novo Nordisk hosted a tent at the finish line for fans. All of the Team Novo Nordisk riders stopped by for photos and autographs. The riders were amazed by how many people came by to meet them.
“While the heat was one of the biggest parts of today, so were all the fans,” Martijn Verschoor said. “I couldn’t believe how many people were at the tent, came to see us at the start and just lined the route. It made the heat more bearable getting cheered on by so many people.
Results: Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) won ahead of Michal Kwiatowski (Etixx-Quick Step) and Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Tour de San Luis on Saturday with the race’s penultimate stage, which also serves as the queen stage. The 117.5-km Stage 6 begins in Archiras (Cordoba) and features two intermediate sprints and two categorized climbs before a summit finish on Filo Sierras Comechingones at 2,140 meters.
(Photo: ©Tim De Waele)