Huamantla, Mexico — Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor scored the team’s highest finish of the season when he finished fourth on Friday’s stage 4 of the Vuelta Mexico.
“I’m really happy with today’s stage,” Verschoor said. “I went a little too late, otherwise I would have finished even higher.”
The 110.4-kilometer stage began in Tlaxcala and featured a 7-lap circuit around Huamantla. Throughout the race, several breakaways formed but all were brought back by the final lap. Juan Villegas (4-72 Colombia) attacked in the final meters and soloed to the win. A bunch sprint ensued for the remaining podium spots with Verschoor taking fourth.
“It was a slightly uphill finish, which is my type of race,” Verschoor said. “I didn’t expect to do so well today, but my legs felt really strong and I knew I had it in me to take on the sprint.”
Team Novo Nordisk’s Sport Director Massimo Podenzana said today’s win was the highlight of the season so far.
“I’m so proud of Martijn,” Podenzana said. “Today’s fourth place is just the beginning of the season, especially for Martijn. There are definitely some podiums awaiting him in the near future.”
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing at the Vuelta Mexico with a 2.5-km time trial around Mexico City. While short, the race against the clock ends with a steep climb into the finish.