Race: Brabantse Pijl
Start/Finish: Leuven/Overijse, Belgium
Distance: 197 kilometers
Overijse, Belgium — Wednesday served as Team Novo Nordisk’s season opener in Belgium when the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team tackled the 57th edition of Brabantse Pijl. The race started under partly cloudy skies as the peloton tackled 26 climbs and multiple cobblestone sections.
A six-man break escaped early into the 197-kilometer race and earned a maximum gap of 6:45. As the race reached the hills, Christophe Prémont (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) fell out of the break and with 90 km remaining, Zak Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy) experienced a mechanical and dropped out of the break. The remaining quartet was swept up as they reached the final three 23-km laps around Overijse, Attacks followed, which formed a new front group. The reduced peloton attempted to reel them in, but this group held on by less than a minute until the finish with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) sprinting to the win.
“It was a hard day today. I’ve done this race three times, and this was by far the fastest to date. Unfortunately, I hit the ground, but I made it back and finished the race. I feel that my form is growing and I’m getting the legs …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk