Team Novo Nordisk Battles Windswept Stage 5 at Tour of California

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Race: Amgen Tour of California, Stage 5

Start/Finish: Pismo Beach/Ventura, CA, USA

Distance: 219.5 kilometers

Ventura, California — Team Novo Nordisk put in a solid team performance on Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California on a long and hard day dominated by gale force winds and high speed.

The sun played hide-and-seek this Thursday for the 219.5 km stage from Pismo Beach to Ventura with the peloton experiencing changing conditions all day. After a fast and hectic start with multiple unsuccessful attacks a group of 10 riders, including former world champion Peter Sagan (Bora – hansgrohe) finally broke clear after 60 km of high-speed racing. A chase group of two managed to bridge across soon after and the 12-strong group forged ahead opening a gap of three minutes. The advantage was kept in check by the bunch and by the time the race entered the last 60 km it had shrunk down to one minute and 45 seconds.

Team Novo Nordisk rode offensively but ultimately missed out on the move that eventually succeeded and shifted the focus to riding safely in the bunch, effectively negotiating the 5 KOM’s of the day that translated into …read more

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