Race: Tour of China II, stage 5
Start/Finish: Zhuhai / Zhuhai, China
Distance: 82.9 kilometers
Zhuhai, China – Team Novo Nordisk concluded a three-week stretch of racing in China on Sunday, with the short but fast stage 5 of the 2016 Tour of China II in Zhuhai.
“It feels good to report that our boys fought hard at this race,” said Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov. “It wasn’t an easy one for us. And maybe it doesn’t look great on paper, but they went in with a strong desire to race well every day. I could see that by how much time they spent warming up today before this last final stage.”
The young Team Novo Nordisk squad spent the majority of today’s stage covering the breakaways as the bunch approached the race’s final five laps.
“Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec didn’t let anyone go far today,” Cherkasov said. “And the field sprint was a road-wide battle. It was not an easy one for Andrea Peron- though he said he finished feeling pretty good. The same goes for Coco, Gerd and Quentin.”