Stresa, Italy — While Team Novo Nordisk aimed to place a rider in the break during Thursday’s GP Nobili Rubinetterie, a high paced start proved too much for the pro continental squad.
The intensity of the 187.5-kilometer early season Italian classic began from the gun with race pace so high that a break couldn’t get away until after 100 km of racing. When the five-man break formed, the peloton was never willing to give it more than three minutes. With 50 km remaining, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) bridged the gap to the escapees and then passed the group. Several chase groups quickly formed in response and all escapees were absorbed before the finish.
The race ended with a select group sprinting for the line with Simone Ponzi (Neri Sottli) taking the win ahead of Cristian Delle Selle (Team Idea) and Fran Ventoso (Movistar).
“I was motivated to get into the break, but it didn’t form until after nearly 120 km of racing,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor said. “I had a badly timed flat and after my wheel change the break had already gone. We didn’t get a result today, but we’re confident going into two races this weekend in France.”
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, races again this weekend beginning on Saturday with the Classic Loire Atlantique.
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