Race: Tour of Taiyuan, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Zuoyun Dongshan Forest Park/Datong Yungang Grottoes
Distance: 126.4 kilometers
Jinxiu, China — Team Novo Nordisk continues to impress in the inaugural edition of Tour of Taiyuan with David Lozano strengthening his King of the Mountains Jersey on Stage 2 that finished on the famous Datong Yungan Grottoes.
After the climbing festival in the first stage the 126.4 kilometers Stage 2 was a more benign affair both in distance and in difficulty with only a 3rd Category climb to be overcome during the day.
David Lozano set out to increase his lead in the mountains classification and the 30-year-old spaniard was successful in the attempt, increasing his points total to 19 points and extending his lead to 3 points.
Estonian Martin Laas (Team Illuminate) won the final bunch sprint ahead of Zhang Zheng (Hengxiang Cycling Team) and Lucas Carstensen (Bike Aid) winning the second stage in a row for Team Illuminate.
Lozano finished safely in the first group and keeps his 8th position in the overall classification, four minutes and 46 seconds down on the current leader American Cameron Piper (Team Illuminate).
This Tuesday the Tour of Taiyuan peloton will face a circuit style stage 3 in Wutai with three laps of a 27.8 km course totalling 83.4 km. In the finale a bunch sprint is expected however the wind could play an important role in the events.
“Today was a 126 kilometers stage with a lot of wind so it was very intense all day with a lot of tension in the bunch. The team always kept me in a good position so I managed to stay at the front and grab more points for the KOM jersey.”
1st: Martin Laas (Team Illuminate): 02:59:50
2nd: Zhang Zheng (Hengxiang Cycling Team): “
3rd: Lucas Carstensen (Bike Aid): “
26th: David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk): ”
(Photos: ©Anne Wu)