Verschoor Takes on Final Sprint

24 January 2014

Juana Koslay, Argentina — The heat continues to play a deciding factor in Argentina; today’s average temperature was 43 degrees. While all Team Novo Nordisk riders completed the stage, several other riders did not finish due to heat stroke and dehydration.

The day began in Tilisarao with a six-man breakaway establishing immediately after the neutral zone. The group was eventually caught with 40 kilometers remaining. Additional breaks attempted to get away, but the peloton was determined to get its first sprint finish at the Tour de San Luis. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) won the stage with Team Novo Nordisk Martijn Verschoor finishing 18th, in the same time as Nizzolo.

“I had good position and felt strong going into the sprint,” Verschoor said. “I got boxed in and wasn’t able to open up my sprint like I wanted. Otherwise, I think I would have finished higher.”

David Lozano remains Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 47th, 7:09 behind Phillip Gaimon (Garmin Sharp), who remains the race’s overall leader.

The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing Thursday with a 168.7-km stage that begins in El Potrero De Los Funes. The stage features two intermediate sprints and a category three climb before a summit finish on Cerro El Amago. The final climb has an average gradient of 7.2 percent.

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