Team Novo Nordisk competed in three different races this weekend, inspiring fans across the globe. The team racked up two more top 10 finishes when Italian sprinter Andrea Peron finished tenth at the opening stage of Tour de Korea and Charles Planet finished eighth at the final stage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay in Canada.
“I am very proud of the way our riders are competing and the results we are getting,” said Team Novo Nordisk General Manager, Vassili Davidenko. “We are feeling strong and confident and ready to win races.”
Tour de Korea
The eight-day Tour de Korea began today in Hanam. Team Novo Nordisk brought a six-man roster to the race, including Stephen Clancy, Aaron Perry, Justin Morris, Paolo Cravanzola, Chris Williams, and star sprinter, Andrea Peron. Peron did not disappoint, sprinting to tenth place and finishing among only 62 out of 118 riders in the main peloton. A second group finished ten minutes behind. The top three finishers were Grega Bole of Vini Fantini Nippo, who captured the yellow jersey, Neil van der Ploeg of Avanti Cycling Team in second and Park Keonwoo of the Korean National Team in third.
Air Force Cycling Classic
Team Novo Nordisk also competed in the U.S. this weekend at the Air Force Cycling Classic, a two-day cycling event widely known to include some of the toughest criterium races of the year. On Saturday the riders battled temperatures upwards of 95 degrees while racing a total of 100 kilometers on a one-km course with five turns. The tough conditions took a toll on the athletes and only 50 percent of the riders completed the race. Sunday’s 80-kilometer race also saw half the entrants drop out amid high temperatures and little recovery time following Saturday’s competition. Team Novo Nordisk riders Joe Eldridge and Ben Dilley persevered through the challenges on both days to finish in the top 50.
Grand Prix de Saguenay
The Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay ended on a high note for Team Novo Nordisk with a total of three top 10 finishes after French rider Charles Planet sprinted to an eighth place finish on Sunday. The final stage took place in Chicoutumi and included 14 laps of 10.7 kilometers each, with a 1-km climb at the beginning of each lap. The race was packed with thwarted breakaway attempts, but with two laps to go Planet successfully escaped into a large 30-man break and was able to beat out several riders in the group for a top 10 finish. Jure Kocjan of Team SmartStop won the last stage and also claimed the general classification, by only one second.
Tomorrow, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team continues racing at the Tour de Korea. The 197.2 kilometer stage begins in Chungiu and includes three categorized climbs. Team Novo Nordisk is also preparing to ride in the Tour de Beauce, which begins on Wednesday in Canada.