NOMAN Take Lead in Stage 1 of Trois Etapes Giro
7 Jun 2014
Watch the highlights of Day 1 here
A strong team performance in tough conditions saw NOMAN take the lead after Stage 1 of the Trois Etapes Giro, held on Saturday [7th June 2014].
Stage 1 saw the riders take on the Passo Pordoi – a 2,339m high mountain, with the gradient starting as soon as the teams ride out from the event HQ. It marked a brutal start to the inaugural Trois Etapes Giro, and became a serious challenge for all from the first pedal stroke. After topping out, the riders took in a long descent down to the town of Moena, before heading skywards for the second timed climb of the day: the Passo San Pellegrino.
The sun shined all day, with temperatures reaching the high twenties; making team work, hydration and nutrition incredibly important.
The second climb, the San Pellegrino, was a difficult and testing ascent that whilst dwarfed in comparison to the Pordoi earlier in the day for length, more than made up for it with steep sections that left riders begging for the descent. An almost uninterrupted 20km descent followed – a welcome relief for riders – before the final short rise along a plateau before dropping sharply down to the town of Caprile de Alleghe and the night’s stopover.
It’s a great start for Team NOMAN, who will have to work hard to defend a lead going into Stage 2. Team member Tristan Almada started the NOMAN campaign with his sisters Justine and Camille and the overwhelming support of their inaugural participants, to increase awareness about the Human Papillomavirus and its connection to men, while creating a unique endurance experience designed to represent the struggle and isolation that many cancer patients feel – especially those that carry an extremely challenging stigma.
Tomorrow’s stage includes two tough timed mountain climbs, Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego. Weather conditions are also expected to be very hot and challenging.
The Trois Etapes Pro-Am Cycle Series – consisting of Trois Etapes Giro and Trois Etapes Tour – is organised by Cosaveli. The series provides a fantastic fundraising platform for charity partners and in just two years has seen an incredible $4.5 million raised for worthwhile causes.
The events are designed to give riders the chance to truly experience team cycling under race conditions, with the full support that a pro would have in a Grand Tour. The Trois Etapes incentivises tactical team riding – each team has its own team car and Directeur Sportif, and every rider has a radio link with their team car and the Race Director.
STAGE 1 BRIEF RESULTS:
NOMAN 02:05:20.350 – 14 pts
dZi Foundation 02:08:34.013 – 12 pts
Kids Company 02:17:13.250 – 10 pts
World Bicycle Relief 02:40:18.487 – 4 pts