Race: Czech Cycling Tour, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Olomouc / Dolany
Dolany, Czech Republic – Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor starred in main breakaway at Sunday’s Czech Cycling Tour finale.
Immediately following the starting gun, Verschoor, along with Kouvenhoeven Sjoerd (Metec KTH), Wietse Bosmans (beoban) and Kukrle Michael (Whirlpool-Author), pulled out in front, and before the first kilometer had formed the day’s breakaway.
The group eventually built a maximum gap of 5:30, and Verschoor was able to win two mountain sprints and one standard sprint. Lampre – Merida controlled the peloton, looking to protect Diego Ulissi’s yellow jersey.
As the riders entered the race’s nine final circuits, comprised of technical, 9-km laps on challenging pave´, the breakaway was still intact, but a full-gas peloton was determined to bring the race back together, at times reaching speeds over 65km/hr, and by the fifth lap, the advantage had dwindled to 0:45.
The break was finally caught with two laps to go, and the Team Novo Nordisk squad shifted its focus to putting climbers Javier Megias, David Lozano and Charles Planet into position for the steep finale.
By the final lap, an elite group of just over 20 riders emerged, including Megias and Lozano. “I was …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk