Race: Tour of Taihu Lake, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Nantong / Haimen, China
Distance: 120.9 kilometers
Haimen, China — Team Novo Nordisk lined up for Stage 2 at the Tour of Taihu Lake under rainy, cool conditions. Brian Kamstra (NED) rode in the major breakaway of the day, including 17 riders, for most of the 120.9-kilometer stage. A smaller, three-man breakaway formed later, but both were caught before the end, setting the group up for a field sprint. Wet roads created slippery conditions near the finish line, with riders josteling for position while trying to remain upright. Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) sprinted to the win for the second consecutive day, while Martijn Verschoor (NED) was Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 20th.
“Our riders worked really well together, protecting Martijn during the stage and helping position him near the finish,” said Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov. “Unfortunately the rainy conditions made the roads slick near the finish line and Martijn got stuck in a large group at 500 meters to go. Spirits remain high and we’ll fight for a top result again tomorrow.”
Results: Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) sprinted to the win ahead of Scott Sunderland (Team Budget Forklifts) and Ahmet Örken (Torku-Şekerspor).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, continues racing at the Tour of Taihu Lake on Monday. The 133-km stage begins and ends in Haimen.