“Today definitely was not your typical race in China. I made the breakaway with Oliver and was able to get the King of the Mountains jersey. Tomorrow is a shorter stage so we should be able to keep the jersey, but on Stage 3, there are plenty of KOM’s so I’ll see how the legs feel and if I can increase my lead in the mountains classification,
Lozano Seizes KOM Jersey on Stage 1 of the Tour of Taiyuan
Team Novo Nordisk began its campaign at the inaugural Tour of Taiyuan, a 2.2 UCI five-day race in China, on a high note with Spaniard David Lozano seizing the King of The Mountains Jersey after a mammoth day of climbing and taking a top 10 finish on the stage.
The 30-year-old Lozano showed his climbing pedigree on the Tour of Taiyuan opener by making the day’s breakaway and racing tactically to grab points and finish the day on the podium as the KOM classification leader.
With over 3800 meters of climbing on the menu and three categorized climbs, Lozano did well to make an 18-man breakaway alongside teammate Oliver Behringer (SUI).
The Spaniard was third in the first KOM, fourth in the second KOM and made a decisive attack on the HC climb with around 110 km to go. This forced a selection in the front group. Only seven riders followed Lozano, who was the first to summit the climb and secured the KOM jersey with a total of 18 points.
“Today definitely was not your typical race in China. I made the breakaway with Oliver and was able to get the King of the Mountains jersey,” said Lozano. “Tomorrow is a shorter stage so we should be able to keep the jersey, but on Stage 3, there are plenty of KOM’s so I’ll see how the legs feel and if I can increase my lead in the mountains classification.”
Three other riders were able to bridge across to the leading group and in the end, Lozano crossed the finishing line in eight place. American Cameron Piper (Team Illuminate) won the stage.
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing in China Monday with Stage 2. The 126.4-km day is known as the “Great Wall Stage” and will take the peloton from Zuoyun Dongshan Forest Park to Datong Yungang Grottoes with one Cat 3 climb.
Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes UCI Professional Continental cycling team. In 2012, Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, came together to create Team Novo Nordisk, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes. For more information, go to www.teamnovonordisk.com.