Team Novo Nordisk garnered another top 10 finish at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay when Martijn Verschoor sprinted to fifth place on stage two amid rainy weather conditions. Following today’s stage, Verschoor now sits fourth overall, 11 seconds behind race leader, Eric Young of Optum-Kelly Benefits.
“We had another great day in Canada today and I felt really fast, but was not quite able to get onto the podium,” said Verschoor. “We’re all feeling good and looking forward to another strong day of racing tomorrow.”
Today’s stage consisted of eight laps of 21.3 kilometers each, including three sprint bonus sections. During an early breakaway that featured both Martijn and Spainard Javier Megias, Martijn beat out the bunch, winning three bonus seconds and was the virtual leader of the race for a short time. With four laps to go, Joonas escaped into a 15-man breakaway that remained at the front until it was absorbed by the peloton with one lap to go.
The race culminated in a field sprint and Eric Young of Optum-Kelly Benefits won his second consecutive stage. Pierrick Naud of Garneau-Quebecor followed in second and Jure Kocjan of SmartStop finished third.
Tomorrow, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team continues racing at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay for stage three, a 74.2-km criterium in the Chicoutimi district.