Race: Adriatica Ionica Race – Stage 4
Distance: 103.5 kilometers
Trieste, Italy — An untimely crash in the final kilometer derailed Team Novo Nordisk’s ambitions for a good result in final stage of Adriatica Ionica Race as our designated sprinter Andrea Peron was unable to contest the final bunch sprint.
Starting in Cormòns the fourth and final stage of the Italian race was short and fast, with the peloton racing eastbound towards the coastal city of Trieste over 103.5 km. With all but one categorized climb on the profile and a flat finishing circuit all eyes were set on the fast men, including our Italian sprinter Andrea Peron, who had earmarked this day to fight for glory.
Matteo Badilatti (Israel Cycling Academy), Winner Anacona (Movistar), Thimo Willems (SportVlaanderen-Baloise) and Joel Nicolau (CajaRural-Seguros RGA) elected to defy the odds and went on the breakaway but were kept on a short leash all day and absorbed on the KOM in Prosecco.
As the race entered Trieste Team Novo Nordisk kept Peron in a good position and as the diminished bunch crossed the finishing line for the first time our 30-year-old Italian was riding strongly and perfectly placed in the first third of the group.
Disaster struck when …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk