Traversa D’Italia: Racing Between the Seas with Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron

Ciclissimo! is pleased to be racing from the sea to the land beyond at the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico with Andrea Peron as Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all diabetes pro-cycling team, make their debut at this prestigious and stunning Italian WorldTour stage race. Follow the 28 year old sprinter from Veneto as he traverses between the two seas of Italia which give the race its name.

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Stage 2: Camaiore – Pomarance, 228 km

Whilst promenading along the seafront may be over for now, the Race of the Two Seas still has a waft of brine in its nostrils as it heads south through classic Italian bike-racing country. The peloton face a pan flat start to today’s stage – at 228km the longest of the race – with only the Leaning Tower of Pisa for vertiginous distraction before they hit rolling, verdant, medieval-walled town topped hills of picture postcard Tuscany, at the halfway point.

Cycling: 52nd Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 / Stage 2
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The combative profile is perfectly fitting; the breathtaking beauty of the countryside shrouds a combative and bloody, feudal history, none more so than as it passes through Volterra, the seat of the Pazzi Conspiracy of 1478.The Pazzi family, Florentine nobles, took exception to the legendary Medici family’s grip on power and attempted to assassinate its leaders. It all went wrong and the Pazzi were duly hung and left to rot from the Medici’s Palazzo della Signoria in the heart of Firenze. Volterra is also home to the Volturi, a coven of rich, regal, powerful ancient vampires in the ‘Twilight’ series. I guess losing precious sleep to the knock on the door of the UCI’s own ‘vampires’ is not the riders’ only worry today…

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“I raced under-23 for one year in this region. What can you say – Tuscany: Cycling is a religion here. There is nothing else or more to it; it’s a religion. I used to train here a lot, so I know the roads well.
Today was a long day, but it didn’t feel that long because the first part was quite fast and then the last part was up and down. I didn’t have time to think about the length. It was a good stage; my focus was to save the legs for coming days and that went well. I hope tomorrow will be a good day for the team and me.
Our plan today was for someone to make the break and the plan from the start was to be at the front and aggressive. Charles was in the break for 200 kilometers, so a good day for him. BMC maintained control for basically the whole day; I think they were aiming for both the GC and also possibly to go for a stage win
A Dopo!
Photo: @TeamNovoNordisk/Chris Baldwin