Lozano has an emotional ride in Turkey

22 April 2024

Stage two of the Presidential Tour of Turkey saw Team Novo Nordisk make it two days in a row in the breakaway. David Lozano attacked on the longest stage of the race with six companions. The Spaniard explained later it was nice to be aggressive in the race as a quiet tribute to his late grandfather who passed recently.

Matyas Kopecky contested the eventual bunch sprint, sprinting to 12th place.

General Manager, Vassili Davidenko:

“We knew the stage from last year where Andrea got a top 10. After a good start yesterday, we wanted to get into the break again, this time with either David, Peter, Antonio or Sam.”

“It was a hard start to the stage and David went in an initial move on the climb that was brought on the descent. Then he showed his experience and attacked right after the descent again and got away with a group of seven. That set things up nicely for the guys to look after Andrea and Matyas in the bunch. When it came back together for a sprint up the punchy climb, Matyas showed descent form to finish 12th.”

David Lozano:

“The headwind was pretty strong so it took some effort from our group to get away and get a good gap. After trying to get into the break yesterday, I couldn’t miss it today as I was riding for my grandfather who just passed away. It was a way to pay my respects to him. It’s also nice to move up to third on GC. Of course it’s a long race but it’s nice to show the team off in the front. We did a good job in general and tomorrow is another chance.”

Photos: Yücel Çakiroğlu

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