Race: Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 5
Start/Finish: Rieti/Fermo, Italy
Fermo, Italy — Team Novo Nordisk and the rest of the professional peloton paid tribute on Sunday to the victims of last August’s earthquake near Amatrice, rolling quietly past the site of ruined homes and uprooted villages during stage five of the Italian World Tour stage race Tirreno-Adriatico.
On a sunny day in the Apennine mountains, chasing a breakaway with a two-minute advantage, race radio passed information of a moment of silence in the caravan for the nearly 300 victims of the 6.2 terremoto that struck at just after 3:30 on a Wednesday morning.
After passing new construction zones and groups of villagers assembled by the side of the road to cheer on the race, riders from all 22 teams resumed their professional duty as cyclists and continued to chase the 11-man breakaway. As the race approached the finish line in Fermo the peloton split up, with Team Novo Nordisk active on the steep climbs into the picturesque village overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Romain Gioux and Charles Planet did not start Sunday’s stage. Planet resumes racing next week in Milano-Sanremo, Gioux is set to come back for a block of racing at the end of March …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk