Race: Adriatica Ionica Race – Stage 2
Start/Finish: Palmanova/Lago di Misurina
Distance: 204 kilometers
Sappada, Italy — Team Novo Nordisk survived a long and hard day in the saddle in the queen stage of Adriatica Ionica Race with two-times Hungarian national champion Péter Kusztor showing his fighting spirit over 204 kilometers and over 4000 meters of climbing. Mark Padun (Team Bahrain Merida) was the victor on a day of inclement weather.
A three-rider breakaway got the green light from the peloton early on and animated the first half of the stage which started in Palmanova under difficult conditions of humidity and high temperatures.
Several riders struggled in the hot weather, which led several to abandons as the race hit the first of the four climbs of the day. The lead trio had carved a healthy seven minute gap on the bunch but the last escapee was caught in Sella Ciampigotto, the final CAt-1 climb, as the favorites put the hammer down. The high tempo shrunk the peloton to just 20 riders with Péter Kusztor unable to make the cut.
Behind the sudden turn in weather conditions saw the chasing groups get caught in a powerful hailstorm with the temperatures dipping suddenly from over 30 to 10 …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk