Bodrum, Turkey — Sprinter Martijn Verschoor earned Team Novo Nordisk’s best finish ever at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey when he finished 11th on Stage 5.
Thursday’s 183-km race started in Marmaris and included two early categorized climbs. A nine-man breakaway materialized on the first climb and built a gap of more than four and a half minutes, but several WorldTour teams controlled the pace and reeled them in just before the finish in Bodrum. Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling) beat Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) to the line, while Verschoor finished in the front sprint.
“I got boxed in as we headed into the finish, but I thought I recovered enough to take a top 10 finish,” Verschoor said. “To be honest, I wish I had done better. The Tour of Turkey is a big race for our team and I have a history here. I want to show everyone what Team Novo Nordisk can do in a bike race.”
Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) held onto the leader’s jersey for the third consecutive day. Javier Megias remains Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 17th place, 1:46 behind Taaramae.
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team resumes racing Friday for Stage 6 of the 50th edition of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. The 183-km stage heads back to the mountains with a category three climb 20 kilometers from the finish followed by a summit finish into Selcuk.