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Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 5, race report

Date: July 5, 2021

Race: Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 5

Start/Finish: Karnobat to Gabrovo

Distance: 188 km

Weather: Warm and windy

Course: Flat with 100km of light crosswinds then a 12km climb

Riders: 126

Class: UCI 2.2

Daniel Holt (USA)

Since it was the last day of the tour, I wanted all of the guys to leave it all on the road. Everyone had the chance to get in the breakaway, and Nathan and Doriand needed to hang on to the lead climbing group as long as possible, and to suffer hard before dropping. In the end, both of our climbers did better than previous stages and Jan was very active to make some breakaways.

Overall, I am very happy with this crew for this race. It’s the first big tour over 3 days that we have finished all of the riders. There was a lot learned here this week. 

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 4, race report

Date: July 4, 2021

Race: Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 4

Start/Finish: Sliven to Burgas 

Distance: 108 km

Weather: Warm and windy

Course: Flat with 60km of light crosswinds

Riders: 127

Class: UCI 2.2

Jan Dunnewind (NED)

“I felt good today and was motivated to try for a lead-out train for Filippo and Doriand. I made a mistake though and was in bad position at the one time the race went hard. I won’t make this mistake again.”

Daniel Holt (USA)

“Given that today was a flat day and most likely going to be a field sprint, I wanted the guys to try to do an early leadout train for Filippo and Doriand. That way they could fall back to position in the sprint rather than try to move forward in the sprint. In the end they weren’t able to get organized though.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 3, race report

Date: July 3, 2021

Race: Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 3

Start/Finish: Troyan to Sliven

Distance: 199 km

Weather: Warm and windy

Course: 8km climb after 60km, then flat the rest

Riders: 130

Class: UCI 2.2

Louis Evans (GBR)

“My knee has been killing me after the two crashes I had on the opening day. I’m just happy to be here still. Just taking it day by day so I can do my job for the team”

Daniel Holt (USA)

After seeing the guys perform on the opening days, I knew they were capable of taking the race to the other teams. Today’s long and flat stage, after the “queen stage” yesterday, was perfect for a break away. So, I challenged the guys to try to make that group and see where it could take them. After a frantic pace for the first 50km, finally a group of 3 riders were able to get away and we weren’t there. Filippo and Doriand were our sprinters today, but its really hard to position in these races without really strong teams controlling, and they weren’t able to get anything worth noting. Good experience today though.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 2, report

Date: July 2, 2021

Race: Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 2

Start/Finish: Plovdiv to Troyan

Distance: 122 km

Weather: HOT

Course: Crosswinds for 50km then 22km climb

Riders: 139

Class: UCI 2.2

Jan Dunnewind (NED)

“I didn’t feel good at the bottom of the climb, but rode at my own pace, and came back to the group I finished in. Bummed to miss out on the first group”

Daniel Holt (USA)

“I was a little worried about the 22km climb on the stage, and the 50km of crosswind before getting there. I had the guys play a conservative role today and only ride to protect our climbers Nathan, Doriand and Ulugbek. Of course, they needed to ride at the front as a team and be prepared for any split in the crosswinds. Overall, I was happy with how the guys rode today.” 

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 1, report

Date: July 1, 2021

Race: Tour of Bulgaria – Stage 1

Start/Finish: Sofia to Plovdiv

Distance: 189 km

Weather: Hot

Course: Bumpy roads with 1 8km climb. Little windy

Riders: 144

Class: UCI 2.2

Filippo Ridolfo (ITA)

“The team was together in the last 3 kilometers but a big crash happened in front of us and we all had to brake. I sprinted to the best place that I could”

Daniel Holt (USA)

With some very hard stages to come, I had the guys try to take it easy today, then get together to put Filippo in good position to sprint. Everyone did everything very well today, but it just didn’t come all together in the end. 

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Tour of Bulgaria – Prologue, race report

Date: July 1, 2021

Race: Tour of Bulgaria – Prologue

Start/Finish: Sofia, Bulgaria

Distance: 1 km

Weather: Hot 

Course: Cobbled roads and very technical

Riders: 144

Class: UCI 2.2

Daniel Holt (USA) -Team Manager

“A technical 1-kilometer time trial is hard to prepare for. Everyone did a pre-ride of the course and got a proper warm-up. Go full gas from the beginning and keep the bike upright!”

Results:

Winner – 1:07.97

30th – Filippo Ridolfo @ 7 sec 

40th – Jan Dunnewind @ 8 sec 

58th – Nathan Smith @ 10 sec

72nd – Doriand Percrule @ 11 sec

118th – Ulugbek Saidov @ 16 sec

141st – Louis Evans @ 33 sec

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com