Late Race Crash Dashes Hopes on Czech Cycling Tour Queen Stage

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Czech Cycling Tour, Stage 3

Start/Finish: Mohelnice / Sternberk

Distance: 187.4km

Sternberk, Czech Republic – Saturday’s Czech Cycling Tour queen stage lived up to its name with sharp hills, crosswinds and three steep, 5-km climbs.

Attacks began early on, and as the group approached the first climb, seven riders managed to pull away to form the day’s main break. The Team Novo Nordisk strategy for the day was to work for David Lozano, Charles Planet and Javier Megias on the climbs.

The peloton splintered as they descending the day’s first climb, and Team Novo Nordisk riders Lozano, Planet, Megias and Martijn Verschoor emerged with the lead group. “It was not perfect stage for us,” Team Novo Nordisk SVP of Athletics and GM, Vassili Davidenko said. “It was a little bumpy and could’ve been better, but we did what we could.”

Verschoor and Lozano lost contact as the group ascended the second and longest climb, leaving only Planet and Megias among the front group. Inside 40km to go, the break was caught and the bunch shattered, but Megias still remained with the leaders. As the group began the steep descent, Megias made his way to the front in an effort to …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk