Daniel Holt, Development Team General Manager (USA):
The team plan was to be represented in the early break away, with hopes of getting the KOM or Sprint jersey. Then keep position for the possible crosswind and try to set up Celestin for the likely sprint finish.
The race was really fast from the start and no break away was ever established. Unfortunately, there was some surprise gravel construction in the last 30km of the race and it was stopped, allowing all the teams to be fresh for the finish.
Declan Irvine (AUS):
“It was a great start to the Belgrade Banja Luka for the team. It was an incredibly fast and nervous day with the average speed being 50kph, I knew the finishing circuits from last year so I knew how to ride the circuit and be in the front. In the end I didn’t quite have the legs to be fighting for the win but hopefully we have more luck in the next stages”
— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com