Fresh off the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and with little time to recover, Team Novo Nordisk tackled the high-altitude Colorado Classic. Team Novo Nordisk’s squad included three neo-pros (new professionals), one stagiaire (basically an intern looking for a contract) and two veteran riders, so a very young and fairly inexperienced squad.
The four-day inaugural race included two mountain stages – Colorado Springs and Breckenridge – followed by two days that started and finished in downtown Denver. The final stages included a unique race format that merged professional bike racing with an international music concert.
The opening stage of the Colorado Classic featured torrential rains and strong thunder and lightning. Team Novo Nordisk’s Stephen Clancy (IRL) battled it out in the front group and held on to take 17th place in the wet finish. The result serves as the Irishman’s top result to date at a UCI 2.HC race.
Billed as the hardest stage of the race, Stage 2 was all about endurance and willpower with more than 2,133 meters of climbing up the leg-crushing Moonstone climb. Team Novo Nordisk’s Fabio Calabria (AUS) attacked from the start, but the move proved fruitless.
Stage 3 of the Colorado Classic was a 130-kilometer out-and-back run from the RiNo race hub to the mountains west of Denver. Without a true climber on the squad, Team Novo Nordisk aimed to survive the stage with their eyes set on the final day.
Following a standout performance on the final stage, Team Novo Nordisk’s Fabio Calabria closed out the race with the FIRSTBANK Most Aggressive rider jersey. Calabria attacked first on the 10-lap course and raced assertively throughout the 120.1-kilometer stage.
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