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Top 20 for Peron and Team Novo Nordisk in Hungary

The clouds parted and the sun reappeared for today’s fourth stage of the Tour de Hongrie as the peloton sat calmly behind the breakaway quartet over the undulating parcours before the sprint unfolded in Kazincbarcika with Andrea Peron placing in the top 20 on the slightly uphill finish.

Andrea Peron:

“It was almost too steady for the first part of today’s stage, and I found it quite hard to get going, then the pace picked up when we hit the last circuit and we managed to find our rhythm. The guys did a great job again with David and Peter with me right until the last few kilometers.”

“The approach to the finish was long and fast before a left-hand turn and a slight kick up to the line and I was slightly boxed in as we came out if the corner, so I lost a little bit of ground that I couldn’t make up. Spirits are high though and we’ve got a tough climbing day coming up tomorrow for the last stage.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“We wanted more from the sprint stages here, we’ve not done badly, and the guys have worked very hard, but the results haven’t gone on our way. It goes like that sometimes, but we’ve done very well recently with podiums and top ten’s that we felt we could keep that run going here in Hungary.”

“That said, the guys have really impressed with the level of teamwork and support that they’ve been able to give Andrea going into the final and that has definitely been a step up for us, the organization, communication and collaboration between the guys has been great.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Peron fourth on stage four as TNN teamwork comes to the fore

Someone once said that cycling is a team sport and even though the results table only shows the individual, the whole team make that result possible and Team Novo Nordisk showed that in spades today as Andrea Peron’s teammates carved a way through the carnage to set the Italian up for fourth place in the sprint at the International Tour of Hellas.

Andrea Peron:

“My legs are feeling it a little today, but thanks to the amazing work of the team today I was able to have a chance again in the sprint and we came very close to another podium.  A hairs width in the end and fourth is a little bit disappointing but the reality is that it’s another positive result, another top ten and there’s a great buzz within the team at the moment, that I’m loving.”

“Sam, David and Lucas were all working for me throughout the last 20km to keep me in a good position and then Joonas and Peter took over in that last 5km and it was Peter again who produced that vital final lead out into the last km. Fortunately the big crash occurred behind me, and the rest of the guys managed to avoid It too.”

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“So close again today, it really is so close we feel like we can almost touch it. If we keep working together like we did today, then I’m sure that a victory is coming. All the guys worked almost perfectly. We followed the complexion of the race nicely and worked when we needed too, particularly at the end when everyone came together for Andrea.”

“Peter has been reborn as a lead out man here at the Tour of Hellas and his experience, knowhow and bike handling have been very useful in the closing kilometers here in Greece. One more stage to go and it’s going to be very tough, 3,000m of climbing in 156km, so we will try our best see how the day plays out.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Peron second on stage two sprint on the shadow of Delfi

Whether it was the history of the ancient terrain that lays beneath the roads, or the mythical energy that surrounds the coast bellow the stunning hills of Delphi and the ruins of the famous Oracle that once dwelled there. Sought out by heroes to foretell of great deeds yet to come. But one things for sure, the modern day heroes of Team Novo Nordisk soak up the energy and go well racing on Greek roads. Italian sprinter Andrea Peron taking his and the teams second podium of the season with strong second place in the sprint on stage two of the International Tour of Hellas.

A fiery stage unfolded over the rolling hills out of Athens as two or three different breakaway groups formed before the race came back together on the long descent to the coast and the finish in Itrea. Former Hungarian champion Peter Kusztor produced a strong lead out for Peron and the Padovan did the rest. 

Andrea Peron (ITA):

“That’s the second time I’ve come within a wheel length of a win this year and both times it’s happened at a Greek race! We’re getting closer that’s for sure and like my wife says, I’m like a lion that smells blood, I get stronger as I get closer and I really hope we keep working like this because if we do then that win is coming.”

“Of course I’m happy to get second place today, it’s another step closer and the guys all worked so hard for me today. We all finished so close together and showed great teamwork. Peter I take my hat off to, because he popped up next to me after the descent and took me into the last km at the front. That was key to the result today and if we didn’t show what’s possible with diabetes today…then I don’t know when we will.”

Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov, Sport Director:

“Fantastic work by the whole team today. They worked very well together and aside form the result, it made me happy to see them all finish close to each other as a team and as a unit.”

“There’s no doubt Andrea is getting closer, his results so far this year tell their own story and today he was within a whisker of the win. Peter emptied himself to get Andrea in position after the descent and showed all his experience in choosing the right moment to take Andrea forward. The guys are real heroes in every race we take part in, but today they took up the reigns and became protagonists on a tough stage and achieved a fantastic result.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Peron second on stage two sprint on the shadow of Delfi

Whether it was the history of the ancient terrain that lays beneath the roads, or the mythical energy that surrounds the coast bellow the stunning hills of Delphi and the ruins of the famous Oracle that once dwelled there. Sought out by heroes to foretell of great deeds yet to come. But one things for sure, the modern day heroes of Team Novo Nordisk soak up the energy and go well racing on Greek roads. Italian sprinter Andrea Peron taking his and the teams second podium of the season with strong second place in the sprint on stage two of the International Tour of Hellas.

A fiery stage unfolded over the rolling hills out of Athens as two or three different breakaway groups formed before the race came back together on the long descent to the coast and the finish in Itrea. Former Hungarian champion Peter Kusztor produced a strong lead out for Peron and the Padovan did the rest. 

Andrea Peron (ITA):

“That’s the second time I’ve come within a wheel length of a win this year and both times it’s happened at a Greek race! We’re getting closer that’s for sure and like my wife says, I’m like a lion that smells blood, I get stronger as I get closer and I really hope we keep working like this because if we do then that win is coming.”

“Of course I’m happy to get second place today, it’s another step closer and the guys all worked so hard for me today. We all finished so close together and showed greta teamwork. Peter I take my hat off to, because he popped up next to me after the descent and took me into the last km at the front. That was key to the result today and if we didn’t show what’s possible with diabetes today…then I don’t know when we will.”

Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov, Sport Director:

“Fantastic work by the whole team today. They worked very well together and aside form the result, it made me happy to see them all finish close to each other as a team and as a unit.”

“There’s no doubt Andrea is getting closer, his results so far this year tell their own story and today he was within a whisker of the win. Peter emptied himself to get Andrea in position after the descent and showed all his experience in choosing the right moment to take Andrea forward. The guys are real heroes in every race we take part in, but today they took up the reigns and became protagonists on a tough stage and achieved a fantastic result.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Peron & Lozano roll hard on the climbs to finish with the leaders at Hellas Tour

A hot and hilly opening stage of the International Hellas Tour traversed the ancient Island of Crete from the capital Heraklion to the picturesque port of Chania where a technical finish awaited on the seafront.

Italian sprinter Andrea Peron and Spanish climber David Lozano produced a good showing for Team Novo Nordisk, forming part of an elite reduced group that formed over the climbs and tried in vain to chase down the remnants of the breakaway.

David Lozano:

“I felt a lot better today than in Turkey that’s for sure. It was hot, straight onto a climb and the pace was high from the start, but we did a good job today. The guys supported me and Andrea really well and to be honest everyone in our group thought the breakaway was already caught.”

“We hit 2,900m elevation in 179km and the group of four guys were really moving out front. Andrea and I were in the reduced favorites group and we collaborated well together. When we hit the descent to the finish, it was technical and we thought we would be fighting for the stage result, so to find out at the finish that one guy remained and he won…was a bit deflating. But we’re in good shape and we go again tomorrow.”

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“That was a good start from us today. The guys followed instructions and worked hard with both Andrea and David right up there with the favorites group.

“The race was split very early because we were straight onto the climbs and I was surprised that one guy from the break managed to stay out front, but that’s the race today and we showed good signs. So that’s what we will carry forward into tomorrow’s stage two.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Sprinters return on stage five in Turkey as Peron breaks into top ten

A rolling first half of stage five of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey from Manisa to Ayvalik saw the early breakaway escape over the only climbs of the day before the peloton left it very late it all back together. Catching the last escapee inside the final 2km before another crash disrupted the finale with Andrea Peron finally breaking into the top ten.

Andrea Peron:

“It was another windy day, but we were ready for it and there was only one echelon that formed behind the initial breakaway, and we were positioned really well so we made the split. At one point I thought there may be only be fifty guys that make it to the line, but things settled down and it all came back together.”

“The sprint was hectic again and thankfully the crash happened behind. I was positioned really well with 150m to go, and I felt good, but a guy to the right of me dropped his chain and moved over as I was passing so I had to shift my line. But I’m happy to finally make it into the top ten, it was one of our goals for the race and I’m hungry for more now.”

General manager Vassili Davidenko:

“No surprises today and the stage went pretty much as planned for us, it was another windy one and we were wide awake when the echelon formed and our positioning remained good throughout the stage, keeping our chances alive for Andrea at the end.”

“Top ten is great for us, we had that objective at the start of the race and kept coming close, so to achieve the result is satisfying, but we need to do it again on the days to come. Andrea did a good job in the sprint and managed to position himself well to follow the right wheels, it wasn’t an easy finish and I’m happy with how it went today.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Season ends on a high in Croatia with Peron breaking the top ten

Sport director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“We ended on a positive note today and that’s satisfying. It was important for us to end the season in a good way and we’ve had some solid results in recent weeks with Andrea and David so to finish with top ten in eighth place on the final stage here in Zagreb is great and I’m happy with that.”

“The guys knew what was at stake today and they all worked hard for one objective and that was the sprint with Andrea and a top ten placing. To see them achieve their goal through unified and selfless teamwork definitely put smile on my face.

“Filippo has been very consistent in his first race with us and the guys have all embraced him as a teammate immediately and that bodes well for the future. It wasn’t an easy race for him to race as a stagiaire, but he has done well and quietly impressed. Now onwards to 2022, we have some work to do in the off-season, but we can now do that with some high aspirations after an affirming result to go home with.”

Andrea Peron:

“I was feeling really good today. Yesterday I tried to save some gas and take it a little bit easy and I think that paid off. It’s right at the end, but I’m back to where I used to be, in the top ten and smiling at the end of a race.”

“It’s definitely a good way to end the season and hugely important for us and our moral to get this result. This year has been so tough, and we have been banging on the door, coming close, but not quite getting there and today we managed to kick the door in and get the result we were aiming for.”

“I think we’re all tired now, but we go away happy and head into the off season ready for a break and with some things to work on as a team over the winter that will hopefully set us up for a good start in 2022.”

Filippo Ridolfo:

“It’s been a great experience racing with the professionals here at CRO-Race and even though it has been a shock to my system, I am happy that I came through and managed to finish the race and help the guys to a positive result to end the season with. The level is super high, there’s no doubt about that and having this race in my legs now will be a real benefit for me and my development.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

CRO-Race stage 1 unfolds over 240km and wraps with Beadle & Peron in Top 25

Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“That was a very long day to start the race with, mainly flat with a third category climb in the final third and we knew that would come down to a sprint in Varaždin, so there were no real surprises.”

“The first attack formed the break and then the bunch sat up for what seemed like forever, but really it was after the climb and the break was caught with 30km to go. We stuck together today and that was great to see, Filippo had a good start and finished with his teammates in the bunch.”

“Andrea and Hamish were our standout guys, and they were so close to a higher finish, the final circuit was extremely fast, and they just slipped back into the top 25 on the last corners on the cobbles. But it was a positive start today and we will look to continue in this vein over the next stages, even if the terrain does get harder!”

Andrea Peron:

“The guys were great today, we all did our jobs well, but Hamish was right up there with me to the end and really gave me a hand with trying to hold the position. I got cut off in the last corner before the line and dabbed the breaks to avoid going down and that’s where I missed out today.

“It was very fast, but we knew that finish would be and it’s frustrating to come so close to a top ten again.”

Hamish Beadle:

“That was absolutely awesome! I would use another adjective, but I don’t want to get in to trouble. It was amazing, a real buzz and I haven’t felt that good on a bike in a long time. I know it’s going to get harder this week and we hit some pretty heavy terrain over the next few days, but I’m going to enjoy this feeling and soak it in.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Another top 20 for Peron on stage 3 at Tour of Slovakia

Andrea Peron (ITA)

“It was a hard one today, no doubt about it. Close to 200km and very wet, cold conditions, but I quite like it when it’s epic and full gas. I’m feeling good and to get inside the top 20 again is very positive.”

“We’ve been working well together the last couple of days and although it would be great to break into the top 10, we have to be pleased. It’s a really competitive field of sprinters here and as we saw yesterday the finals are very nervous. The last few km we were flying and it was a battle just to hold position at the front.”

“One more stage to come tomorrow and one more chance to try and get up there, we’ll give it our all and hope we can leave with another good result.”

Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)

“Another tough day on the saddles, with over nearly 200 kilometers and bad weather conditions almost all the way.

But our boys did well, worked together to protect Andrea and to bring him to the final sprint up front. They showed good teamwork which got paid off with the top 20 of Andrea.

Tomorrow is the final road stage and also the flattest. Chances are it will finish in a sprint again and we want to have the chance to go with Andrea and aim to a top ten.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

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