Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Newtown/The Tumble, England, United Kingdom
Distance: 179.9 kilometers
The Tumble, England — On Tuesday, Team Novo Nordisk took the start at Stage 3 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain, which was considered the race’s queen stage. The 179.9-kilometer race began in Newtown before heading over three categorized climbs on the way to the Category 1 summit finish on the Tumble.
A six-man break escaped early into the stage and earned a gap of two and half minutes before splintering on the final climb. An elite front group emerged heading up the Tumble. In the final kilometers, several riders attacked from this group with Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) claiming the victory solo.
“We rode well today and stayed together supporting Javi until the final climb,” Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano said. “We wanted to get him into that front group, but the pace was too high.”
Following a high-speed late race crash on Stage 2, Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet fought courageously to finish today’s stage despite road rash.
“Today was my most difficult day ever on the bike,” 20-year-old Planet said. “While it was hard, I hope this means I am now stronger mentally for other tough days.”
Results: Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) won the stage nine seconds ahead of runner-up Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) rounded out the podium.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Friends Life Tour of Britain on Wednesday with a 184.6-km stage beginning in Worchester. The stage features three categorized climbs and three intermediate sprints before an uphill finish into Bristol.
(Photo: ©Larry Wickmott)