Race: Tour of Taihu Lake, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Haimen/Haimen, China
Distance: 133 kilometers
Haimen, China — Team Novo Nordisk’s standout Dutch sprinter Martijn Verschoor earned his 13th top 10 finish of the season when he sprinted to eighth place on Monday’s Stage 3 of the Tour of Taihu Lake.
“Having this form makes me excited not only to race again tomorrow but I’m already hungry to see what I can do next year. I started my sprint a little late today and know the places where I can improve,” Verschoor said. “All the guys rode well keeping me protected, especially Gerd. He is doing a great job sweeping my wheel and adding to my confidence in the finish.”
The flat 133-kilometer stage started and finished in Haimen. A three-man breakaway escaped immediately from the start and was reeled in with 30 km to go. Heading into the bunch finish, a large crash took down nearly two dozen riders including four Team Novo Nordisk riders. All the Team Novo Nordisk riders finished but experienced some road rash. Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) took his third straight win.
“Heading into the finish, our strategy to set up Martijn started to unfold well. Our riders were at the front working for him when a large crash took down everyone but Martijn and Gerd in the final two kilometers,” Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov said. “Fortunately everyone was able to finish, and Martijn was ahead of the crash and could take on the sprint.
Results: Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) sprinted to the win ahead of Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Club) and Scott Sunderland (Team Budget Forklifts).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, continues racing at the Tour of Taihu Lake on Tuesday. The 113-km stage begins in Wujin Yancheng Park and ends in Xitaihu Lake.