Queen stage all about survival for Team Novo Nordisk

Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“The Queen Stage. The toughest of the race and for us it certainly played out that way. We lost contact on the first climb, made it back in and then we dropped again on the big HC category climb to Poklon.”

“From there it was about survival for us and making sure we stuck together and made it to the finish. We were part of a big group and we made it. Tomorrow is all about working for Andrea, giving him as much help as possible until the last moment and going for a result so we can end the season on a high.”

Filippo Ridolfo:

“I am really tired now. I felt good the first three stages and then yesterday I started to feel the season in my legs. Today I realized how much higher the level of this race is to what I’m used to and how happy I am to be racing here and holding my own.

“We all worked hard together today and when we regrouped after the main climb, we rode as a team to the finish. I think it’s been great to get this experience in my legs at this stage of my career and I’m looking forward to the finish in Zagreb tomorrow. We’ll give our all for Andrea tomorrow and try our best to position him at the front for the last sprint of the year.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Success and survival on stage 7 for US champ – Rally Cycling

Some days in the bike race it’s just about getting through. After a crash on stage 6 that left him feeling pretty banged up, Joey Rosskopf had one of those stages today.

“I got a little better as the day went on, but my chest and ribs are sore from the crash yesterday so any hard efforts are pretty costly.”

Unable to make the sort of efforts that got him into the escape on stage 1, Rosskopf threw himself into assisting his teammates in other ways; coming back to the car to fetch bottles and food.

“It’s far from ideal because we wanted all hands on deck to try to make it into that breakaway – as we’ve done nearly every other stage. I was definitely not capable of helping with that first objective, so the least I could do was help fetch water and food.”

The team’s time in Britain has been successful on the bike and off, with a partnership with UnitedHealthcare Global which has seen the company’s staff and customers around the UK engaging with the Tour of Britain and supporting Rally Cycling through all seven stages.

The company challenged its customers and employees to ride a mile for every stage of the Tour of Britain, emphasizing the value of just a small amount of movement for our overall wellbeing. Not only that, members of the UnitedHealthcare Global family have been at the roadside cheering on the riders wherever they can.

It’s been great to have them come out and cheer us on during the race,” said Rosskopf. “They’re part of our team and it’s a nice lift when you can meet new fans and get people riding bikes.”

The team would like to thank all of UnitedHealthcare Global’s staff and customers who have shown their support throughout the Tour of Britain.

General classification after stage 7
1 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 27:34:32
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 8 of the Tour of Britain kicks off on Sunday at 5:30 am EDT, with television pictures on GCN+ from 8 am EDT. 

— Tom Owen to rallycycling.com