Ciclissimo! has spent the last week racing from sea to sea across Italia 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. It’s been a race thin on chances for the Sprinters – such as Andrea – present so they’ll be loathe to let a small group stay away on stage 6 whose rolling terrain just begs for a breakaway. A view that didn’t seem to be shared by Tren-Italia as the peloton were halted at a rail-crossing for some 5 minutes as the escapees, including Team Novo Nordisk’s Joonas Hanttala, sped away with barely concealed mirth. The race director eventually put an end to their ad-hoc advantage and called them to a halt also to re-establish the time gap to a something more akin to what is was before the 12.30 from Rimini intervened. Tomorrow’s stage 7 finale is an individual time-trial so today’s collina-strewn route with its 3.5km flat run to the line really does ring the last-orders bell for the fast-men and canny escape-artists alike…
“Today was the final bunch sprint for this year’s Tirreno. It was more or less fast all day because the breakaway was pretty big and everyone was motivated for the finish. The finish was a bit dangerous and a little surprising for a race of this caliber. Fortunately, the group that arrived wasn’t too big, so all ended up okay.
As a Pro-Conti team, I feel good about my first Tirreno. It is such a big race, and I can definitely notice the faster pace and longer stages. I see racing here as one more step forward.
Tomorrow is the final stage, a time trial. For this week, I was eying today, but I ended up missing it. Tomorrow is full gas for 10 kilometers and to be honest—time trials aren’t my best thing.
Looking ahead, next is Milano-San Remo on Saturday, and I feel this race is the best preparation for San Remo and also for all the races to come. Again, racing at Tirreno is another major step up and forward for me and for this team.
As for where we are staying, I laugh when I try to explain this hotel. People imagine pro cyclists at hotels. Everyone has dreams about what professional cycling looks like and I can tell you that this maybe isn’t the hotel of your dreams…