In the Footsteps of the Romans – Stage 2

Date: June 29, 2021

Race: In the Footsteps of the Romans – Stage 2

Start/Finish: Bansko, Bulgaria

Distance: 136 km

Weather: Hot with winds

Course: Less windy with a 750m climb

Riders: 97

Class: UCI 2.2

Robbe Ceurens (BEL)

“Hot day out in Bulgaria today. There was a 5k false flat section in the parcours and 1 small hill. The first 35km were really fast but once the breakaway was gone the race got more controlled. We caught the breakaway with 40km to go and prepared for a bunch sprint. I was in the right position for a top-10 result and crossed the line in 8th place!” 

Daniel Holt (USA)

After yesterday’s hard day, we didn’t want to put too much pressure on the guys to take the race to other teams. We just reminded them to not make the same mistakes as yesterday, especially when it came to fueling. At the end they should do their best to help Robbe position for the sprint.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Devo Race Report – In the Footsteps of the Romans – Stage 1

Date: June 28, 2021

Race: In the Footsteps of the Romans – Stage 1

Start/Finish: Bansko, Bulgaria

Distance: 126 km

Weather: Hot with winds

Course: Very flat with open road crosswinds

Riders: 120

Class: UCI 2.2

Nigel De Sota (USA)

“I didn’t want to attack the grupetto, but we were going so slow and a couple other guys wanted to try” 

Daniel Holt (USA)

The plan was to stay very close to the front to set up Nigel for the Novo Nordisk King of the Mountains sprint at the 35km mark. Then everyone should be attentive yet save their energy for the sprint to set up Robbe. The winds didn’t look to be too strong today, but on the open roads, things changed quickly. 

— Xylon Vaneyck to www.teamnovonordisk.com