Poli Stars in Breakaway on Epic Gravel Stage at Adriatica Ionica

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Adriatica Ionica Race, Stage 1

Start/Finish: Venezia/Grado

Distance: 189 kilometers

Mestre, Italy — Team Novo Nordisk put up a fighting performance in Thursday’s first stage of Adriatica Ionica Race, with local talent Umberto Poli riding strongly in the breakaway for over 100km. Six sterrato sections in the second half of the stage provided exhilarating backdrop to some explosive racing, a challenge that our Changing Diabetes squad overcame with flying colours.

Scorching sun and hot temperatures set the tone for the mercurial bike racing that took place over the 189 km stage which started in Venezia and headed north to finish in the scenic seaside location of Grado. The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team was eager to show the GSG jersey at the front of the race and Umberto Poli took the initiative early on with a powerful attack, breaking clear of the peloton. The 22-year-old Italian was joined by other four riders and together they carved a sizable gap of over five minutes after 30km.

The main field kept the advantage of the quintet in check and by the time Poli and his breakaway companions entered the first of six gravel sections – or sterrato as the Italians designate them – the gap …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk