Vitre, France — Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, finished its third French race in the past two weeks with Friday’s Route Adélie de Vitré.
The 197.8-kilometer race featured two loops, the 21.1-km “Grande Boucle” that riders completed six times, followed by the 8.9-km “Petite Boucle,” which riders covered eight times.
The race began with a lively start yet none of the breakaway attempts were successful until the peloton hit the second lap around the Grande Boucle. Julien El Fares (La Pomme Marseille) and Johan Coenen (Team Differdange-Losch) attacked and gained a gap of four minutes but were reeled in once the peloton reached the small laps. A large 30-man group got out ahead of the fractured peloton on the final laps and Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar) won the sprint finish.
Team Novo Nordisk’s new French neo-pros, Charles Planet and Nicolas Lefrançois, finished the race as the team’s best-placed riders when they crossed the line together, 1:48 behind Shiner.
Team Novo Nordisk, a U.S.-registered pro contiential squad, has its first U.S. race of the 2014 season on Saturday in Alabama with the Sunny King Criterium.
(Photo: ©Etienne GARNIER)