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.
Stage 1: TTT – Lido di Camaiore/ Lido di Camaiore, 22.7 km
For me, Lido di Camaiore means a fun, sweeping descent to the azure sea and golden sands of the coastal promenade for a gelato after the long, gradual pull up over the coastal ridge from the inland town of Lucca. Andrea Peron’s mind was more concerned with the seasonably inclement weather, with thunderstorms sweeping in off the Mediterranean in the days leading up to the race’s partenza, and the unique intensity of team time-trialling against formidable opposition…
“Sure, it wasn’t the best we can do but looking ahead, we can only do better.
For us, the team time trial is basically a new event because we’ve never done this kind of race before and we didn’t really train for it. I feel like we did well and we raced smarter than I expected. We worked smoothly together and stayed together until nearly the finish. The wind yesterday wasn’t as bad as I expected. There was a little headwind in the final 10 kilometers, but it didn’t affect the race. My last time trial was last year and this is basically a new bike. Time trialing definitely isn’t our specialty, and I know we need to train more for these kinds of races.
Looking ahead, I know this is going to be a hard week in Tirreno. Stage 2 is 230 km and hilly, particularly in the last 120 km. It is going to definitely be hard, but we are aiming to do our best.