Novak took over the best young rider jersey on Mt. Fuji
Fujisan, 26th May – As a signature stage of TOJ, only 11.4km course will definitely shake up the general classification. With a maximum gradient of 22% and the average gradient of 18% after the middle of the course, GC contenders will be fighting for glory and try to break the best record.
It was Domen Novak who proved himself to be the best young rider in 2017 TOJ on the one-way hill climb, he placed 9th today and secured the white jersey for Team Bahrain Merida. We have been leading the young rider classification since day 1, with 2 more stages ahead, we are confident to make it to the end!
“I went on my own tempo, and followed other guys. In the last 3 kilometers, I was tired and other guys followed me to the finish. I am happy to take the white jersey. It was a short but good stage, really impressive.” Domen Novak, our Slovenian talented, is now 7th in GC with more than 2 minutes lead in the young rider classification.
Tristan Hoffman, our sports director, complimented on Novak’s performance: “The goal was top 10, he finished 9th, for young riders, he’d done a good job. Good to see him fighting as the best rider.” The young squad shown once again what they are capable of, and we look forward to another great performance at the queen stage tomorrow.
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