Kemer, Turkey — Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor spent more than 150 kilometers in a five-man breakaway during Stage 2 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey, while teammate Andrea Peron remains 13th overall in the general classification.
Monday’s 175-km race was relatively flat and ran from Alanya to Kemer. The race began under rainclouds and on wet roads. Following a strong start on Stage 1, Team Novo Nordisk opened Stage 2 in similar fashion when Martijn Verschoor made the break. The group gained a maximum of 4’15” on the peloton before being reeled in less than 20 km from the finish.
“It was very important for us to be in the break today to stay safe and hopefully hold on until the finish,” the 28-year-old Verschoor said. “We wanted to go for the win, but after an hour and a half the headwinds and crosswinds got to be too much, and the peloton caught us.”
Mark Cavendish won his second consecutive stage and held onto the leader’s jersey after sprinting to victory ahead of Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) and Elia Viviani (Cannondale). Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron finished in the same time as Cavendish, in 22nd place. The Italian sprinter remains Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider, just outside of the top 10 in 13th position.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, is the fourth placed team in the overall team classification, ahead of many of the World Tour teams.
The 50th Presidential Tour of Turkey continues Tuesday when Stage 3 begins in Finike. The 185-km stage is the race’s first mountain day, featuring two categorized climbs before a summit finish in Elmali.