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Stage 2 in Brazil: Andrea Peron 7th

Second stage in Brazil: Andrea Peron seventh after a strong race from Volta Redonda to Três Rios

With Andrea Peron finishing 7th in the second stage of the Tour do Rio, Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, has a reason to celebrate again. After 162km (100.7m) from Volta Redonda to Três Rios, the sprinters did not get distracted by a whole variety of climbs during the final kilometers. “This was a great day with outstanding teamwork in the final,” says Martijn Verschoor, who had finished 6th the day before already. “In the sprint, we worked together with Chris (Williams) and Fabio (Calabria) to prepare everything for Andrea’s sprint – this worked out perfectly,” as the 28-year-old from the Netherlands sums up the stage. ”The team becomes more and more consistent – it is a matter of time until we celebrate the first victory in this season!” says Vassili Davidenko, Corporate Vice President Cycling Operation of Team Novo Nordisk. “The next two stages will be very hard for the sprinters, but they will get their chance again in the last stage of the race.”

The third stage of the Tour do Rio, the most important race in Brazil, will be 118,1km (73.4m) from Três Rios to Teresópolis. It will be up for the climbers since the peloton will have to climb the highest mountain pass of the race no more than 12km before the finish.

Lineup of Team Novo Nordisk for the Tour do Rio

There are racing riders from five nations Tour do Rio for Team Novo Nordisk:

The lineup for Brazil:
Fabio Calabria, AUS, 25
Stephen Clancy, IRE, 21
Aaron Perry, NZL, 25
Andrea Peron, ITA, 24
Martijn Verschoor, NED, 28
Chris Williams, AUS, 31

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