Team Novo Nordisk stage 8 Tour of Britain 2014 London

Tour of Britain Concludes with Strongest Day

14 September 2014

Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 8a

Start/Finish: London, England, United Kingdom

Distance: 8.8-kilometer individual time trial

London, England — Sunday’s final day of the Friends Life Tour of Britain was a double day, meaning it featured both an individual time trial and road race.

The day kicked off under sunny skies with an 8.8-kilometer race against clock past several iconic sites in downtown London. Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) earned the fastest time in 9:50. Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished as the team’s best-placed rider, 1 minute 16 seconds behind Wiggins.

“I started a little bit conservative, but then I decided it was time to go full gas,” Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano said. ”I’m still working to improve my skills in the time trial. I probably took it a little too conservative out there.”

Results: Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) won, followed by Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) and Stephen Cummings (BMC Racing Team).

 

Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 8b

Start/Finish: London, England, United Kingdom

Distance: 88.8 kilometer

London, England — Following Sunday’s morning time trial, the 88.8-kilometer circuit race kicked off on the same iconic course.

In the final stage of the Friends Life Tour of Britain, attacks began immediately after the start as every team aimed to control the race. Eventually, a five-man break gained a gap of 44 seconds. On the final three laps, the group splintered and only three men remained off the front on the 8.8-km course. The group was reeled in on the final lap of the 10-lap course. A bunch sprint ensued with Marcel Kittel (Team Giant Shimano) taking the win. Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron sprinting to 13th place.

“It was such a hard, fast finish,” Peron said. “I gave it my best and was hoping for a top 10 finish, but this is how bike racing goes.”

Results: Marcel Kittel (Team Giant-Shimano) sprinted to the win ahead of Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF). Dylan Van Baarle (Garmin-Sharp) held on to win the overall race.

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, races next at Milano-Torino, a single-day Italian race held on October 1st.

(Photo: ©Larry Wickmott)

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