Podium Finish for Peron Marks Fifth Consecutive Top 10 Finish for Team Novo Nordisk at Tour de Korea
On the heels of four back-to-back top ten finishes for Team Novo Nordisk at Tour de Korea, the team continues to make a big impression with sprinter Andrea Peron finishing third on Stage 5. Thursday’s result marks Team Novo Nordisk’s fifth top 10 finish at the Tour de Korea and the 23rd top 10 for the season.
“Andrea carried the team on his shoulders in 2013. When nobody thought we could compete, he was always there. Luck was not on his side last season, so to see him get his form back gives all of us at Team Novo Nordisk a great sense of pride,” Team Novo Nordisk co-founder & CEO Phil Southerland said. “We are happy with third, but I know Andrea wants a victory and this is one step closer.”
Forty kilometers into the 175-km race, a four-man breakaway escaped on the undulating stage. The race featured two categorized climbs; the last one situated eight km from the finish. Along with Orica GreenEDGE and Avanti Racing Team, Team Novo Nordisk helped control the peloton and bring back the break. As the race reached the final climb, all the Team Novo Nordisk riders rode together in support of Peron and fellow teammate, David Lozano. Heading into Gangjin, Lozano provided Peron with the final lead-out for the sprint. In the finish, Peron was edged out by current race leader Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE) and Patrick Bevin (Avanti Racing Team).
“We raced well together for the entire stage. My teammates supported me all day, and once we reached the last climb, it was my turn to capitalize on their hard work,” Peron said. “It’s a great feeling to finish on the podium and show people in Korea and around the world what may be possible with diabetes.”
“Earning this podium is a reflection of the amazing performance and growth by the team overall. We’re just six months into the season and we already have more top 10 finishes than we had all of last year,” Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko said. “These results show we are definitely on the right track. The riders are consistently performing better, the team is getting stronger, and we hope there will be more podiums and special moments in the upcoming months.”
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing on Thursday at the Tour de Beauce following top 10 finishes by Martijn Verschoor (6) and Charles Planet (10) on Stage 1. Stage 2 is the race’s Queen Stage, a 169-km stage with a summit finish on Mont Mégantic. Meanwhile in Korea, the team will tackle Stage 6 on Friday, a 193.7-km run from Gangjin to Gunsan.