Race: Tour of Taihu Lake, Stage 8
Start/Finish: Haining/Yanguan, China
Distance: 143.6 kilometers
Yanguan, China — Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor starred in the main breakaway on Stage 8 of the Tour of Taihu Lake where he earned precious time bonuses allowing him to move into 11th overall at the nine-day stage race.
Saturday’s penultimate stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake was a flat 143.6-kilometer run from Haining into Yanguan. Verschoor made a six-man breakaway that stayed clear until the final 15 km. While in the break, Verschoor took third through the first intermediate sprint, second through the second intermediate sprint and first through the final sprint. This aggressive racing earned him a six-second time bonus, moving him into 11th overall. Once Verschoor’s group was reeled in, the race came down to a bunch sprint with overall race leader Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) taking his sixth win of the race. Verschoor sits 57 seconds behind Mareczko and has the same time as the 10th place rider.
“Today went perfectly to plan with Martijn making the breakaway and gaining valuable seconds,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov said. “The move saw him move into 11th position overall with the same time as 10th place. Tomorrow will come down to him and Tomas Vaitkus (Rietumu –Delfin).”
Results: Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) sprinted to the win ahead of Tomas Vaitkus (Rietumu –Delfin) and Ahmet Orken (Torku Sekerspor).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, closes out the Tour of Taihu Lake and the 2015 season on Sunday. The final stage is a 90.4-km circuit race around Wujiang.