Race: Tour de Beauce, Stage 3a & 3b
Start/Finish: Saint-Georges/Saint-Georges, Canada
Distance: 21 kilometers/60 kilometers
Saint-Georges, Canada — Team Novo Nordisk tackled a doubleheader in Canada with a morning time trial and an evening criterium. Martijn Verschoor earned his second top 10 of the race when he sprinted to ninth place on the criterium.
Friday began with a 21-kilometer race against the clock on a hilly course. Brendan Canty (Team Budget Forklifts) placed the fastest time with 28:47 in the time trial.
Heading into the evening criterium, rain and heavy winds threatened the challenging and technical course. Concern ran high throughout the peloton as the race began under dark skies. The peloton was hesitant to let any attacks go but eventually four riders escaped and built a small gap. An additional rider bridged up and the five-man break rode well together. In the final laps, the peloton attempted to bring back the break, which caused dozens of riders to fall of the back. The group was unable to catch the break and Guillaume Boivin (Optum Kelly Benefits Strategy) sprinted to the win from the escape. From the field sprint, Verschoor took fifth, earning him a ninth place on the stage.
“I went into the stage not knowing how I’d feel after yesterday’s crash. I wasn’t expecting much but as the race went on, I felt strong and wanted to take on the finish,” Verschoor said. “Unfortunately we didn’t bring back the break, but I was able to go for the field sprint. I’m still want more out of this race.”
Results: Guillaume Boivin (Optum Kelly Benefits Strategy) took the win from the break ahead of Jack Bobridge (Team Budget Forklifts) and Matteo Dal-cin (Silber Pro Cycling).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues its doubleheader on Saturday with Stage 7 of the Tour de Korea and Stage 4 at the Tour de Beauce. Stage 7 of the Tour de Korea is a 145.8-km run from Gunsan to Daejeon, while the Canadian stage is a 124.8-km circuit race around Quebec City.