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by Shane Stokes
February 13, 2018
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Team Novo Nordisk rider Quentin Valognes has spoken of his delight at taking the team’s first jersey win in an international stage race, recognising it as the biggest result of his career this far. On Saturday the Frenchman went clear in a break at the Dubai Tour and, as a result of his sprinting in that move, secured the intermediate sprint jersey in the race.
He had earlier gone in a break on stage three and racked up six points from the intermediate sprints. He then pushed clear again on Saturday’s final stage and, needing seven points to win, targeted the day’s two intermediate sprints.
He was runner-up in the first and then won the second, securing his overall win in that classification. Asked if it was the biggest result of his career, he said it was a big standout. “For the moment, definitely,” he told CyclingTips. “I don’t know what I feel now, but it is very good.” He said that he was still pinching himself at times. “During the race you try to switch everything off. But afterwards, you are ‘ah, I was racing with Viviani, with Cavendish.’ It is awesome.”
Valognes was quick to praise the Team Novo Nordisk squad, saying that they played a vital role in the result. “You were able to watch us in the breakaway every day, so this is logical, finally. It is very good. With this team spirit that we have, this aggressive spirit, it is just awesome. Our mission is to education and empower and inspire people affected by diabetes around the world through this kind of performance. Going by the team’s performance, we are doing it more. It is an awesome feeling.”
Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland said the result was ‘a proud day’ for the team.