Peron avoids crash in the finale and brings home 12th place on Tour of Slovakia stage 2

Andrea Peron (ITA)

“After yesterday disappointment, my motivation was high and I really wanted to do well.”

The legs felt good and I was able to keep the pace and stay in the bunch until the very end. There was a crash in the last curve but thankfully I managed to avoid it and didn’t affect my sprint.” 

A top 10 would have been amazing, but I gave my best.That was a strong group and the 12th place is a good result. I am mostly happy I felt better than the previous days and now I want to stay focused and keep this pace in the two final stages.”

Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)

“It was a hard stage for our guys today. Longer than yesterday, with three categorised climbs and another finale for sprinters. Rain and cold didn’t make it any easier!

Our goal was to protect Andrea and have him ready for the final sprint. He did really well, took some risks and brought home a result that means a lot to us. Bravo Andrea! And now focus is on tomorrow stage.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Geoff Brown comes home – Rally Cycling

In his long career as a race mechanic – and now Rally Cycling’s Girona service course manager – Geoff Brown has been all over the world.

Brown worked several Tours de France with the biggest US teams of the ’90s and ’00s, and has worked at races on nearly every continent. Not only that, bike racing has even landed him a cameo role in a Hollywood film, the Lance Armstrong-inspired The Program, in which he can be seen leaning precariously out of a team car to mend a derailleur. 

Cycling has taken Brown around the world, but until yesterday a bike race had never brought him so close to the place where he was born. 

Geoff scrubs up pretty well

Brown was born in Morecambe, England, about four miles away from the team’s hotel before stage 6 of the Tour of Britain. His family moved away when he was just four years old, so he doesn’t have too many strong memories of the place – but he still has roots here. 

“It was a cool experience being so close. It was nice because some family of mine that I hadn’t seen for ten years – were able to come and visit me, to say ‘hi’.”

Brown’s family moved to Canada when he was young, and it was there he discovered cycling – and began on the path that brought him to the point he is now. A man with a Canadian accent, living in Spain, and with a lifetime’s worth of cycling stories.

“My parents were excited I can tell you that. My dad was born in Morecambe too. And then my mom somewhere a bit further north.”

“I told my dad about the hotel. He said ‘That didn’t used to be there when I was a young lad.’ I said ‘Yeah, that was during the second world war!’”

Bike racing can take you to a lot of places. Even right back where it all began. 

With fellow veteran mechanic, Alan Buttler.

Tour of Britain stage 6 results

1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 4:35:56
2 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers ”
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep ”
4 Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team ”
5 James Shaw (GBr) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling ”
6 Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation ”
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation ”
8 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep ”
9 Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 0:00:04
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers ”
14 Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling

GC standings after stage 6
1 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 22:53:32
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:04
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:21
4 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:35
5 Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:54
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:08
7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:01:10
8 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:37
9 Mark Donovan (GBr) Team DSM 0:01:58
10 Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:01
17 Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling 0:02:52

Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain kicks off on Saturday at 5:45 am EDT, with television pictures on GCN+ from 8 am EDT. 

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com

Team Novo Nordisk enter seasons home straight at GP de Fourmies

The French adventure continues for the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team at the upcoming GP de Fourmies/La Voix du Nord as the season begins to draw a close and the opportunities start.

Old and steeped in history, GP de Fourmies was first held back in 1928 and is traditionally a sprinters race with its flat 200 kilometer parcours in and around the commune of Fourmies in Northern France.

An injury hit and challenging 2021 has again forced the hand of change with American first year pro Logan Phippen coming in for the experienced Peter Kusztor who crashed out of last weekend’s Tour du Jura with Italian Andrea Peron recovering in time to make the squad.

“Every season has it’s challenges and obstacles,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “And it is important to overcome them. 2021 has been particularly difficult and we are definitely testing the depth of our squad. GP de Fourmies will be our last French race of this season and we will be looking to David Lozano and also Andrea for a similar performance as last week’s Tour du Jura.”

“Top 25 was a fantastic result in such a challenging race and we know that we have the capability to be up there again. Lucas Dauge impressed with his fighting spirit in his first races with the team and we hope that this is the start of an upward curve that will continue into our next races.”

Italian rouleur Umberto Poli and Swiss counterpart Oliver Behringer both line-up in support of Lozano and Peron alongside the consistent presence of Manxman Sam Brand to complete the team.

“It took a lot of work from the team to finish well at the Tour du Jura,” said Lozano. “But it was worth it, for the positivity, the team spirit and to show that we can be up there at the pointy end in tough, hilly races.”

“GP de Fourmies will be a different proposition with the flatter route, but it would be great if we could produce another good result. We’ve got three races left now with Okolo Slovenska next week and the Cro-Race at the end of the month and we need to give our maximum effort and stay focused.”

Team Novo Nordisk at GP de Fourmies/La Voix du Nord 12th September:

Sam Brand (GBR, 30)

Oliver Behringer (SUI, 25)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 24)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Logan Phippen (USA, 30)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com