Race: Tour of Taihu Lake, Stage 7
Start/Finish: Wuxing/Changxing, China
Distance: 139.6 kilometers
Changxing, China — Despite strong crosswinds and having only two teammates, Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor remains in the top 15 with two stages remaining at the Tour of Taihu Lake.
Friday’s Stage 7 had an early hill followed by a fairly flat route. Starting in Wuxing, the race had numerous breakaway attempts that resulted in three separate breakaways throughout the 139.6-kilometer race. Strong crosswinds splintered the chasing peloton as it raced across the long flat sections. All three of Team Novo Nordisk’s riders made the front chase group, which brought back all escapees inside the final 10 km. Gerd de Keijzer and Brian Kamstra helped Verschoor in the bunch sprint where the Dutchman came in 12th place behind Jakub Mareczko (Southeast). Verschoor sits 15th overall, 53 seconds behind Mareczko.
“All three of our guys were in the front group when the split happened. What really impressed me was that right at the beginning of the crosswind section, Brian had a flat. He was able to make a strong comeback and regained his position in the front group. It must be his Dutch blood,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov said. “The sprint finish was dominated again by the Southeast team. Both Gerd and Brian helped Martijn well during the race. Martijn was close, but not close enough.”
Results: Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) took his fifth win of the race ahead of Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team) and Andriy Kulyk (Kolss BDC Team).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, continues racing at the Tour of Taihu Lake on Saturday. The penultimate stage of the season is a 143.6-km race that begins in Haining and features three laps before finishing in Yanguan.