Lozano Scoring Another Top 20 in The Hainan’s Steep Finish

06 October 2023

The Tour of Hainan became more challenging as it entered its second stage. It proved to be a great test for the riders, as it covered the longest distance of the entire tour, stretching over an impressive 215 kilometers along the coast of Hainan Island. The race intensified in the last 10 km with a steep climb up to Baoting with David Lozano being the fastest finisher for Team Novo Nordisk and getting another top 20 finish for the team.

Gennady Mikhaylov, Sports Director:

“Today’s stage was the longest of the race. The peloton was restless from the start, with attacks coming from all over. We tried our luck early on, but the breakaway was quickly reeled in. At kilometer 38, a new group formed, together with Stephen Clancy. This breakaway managed to stay ahead for most of the stage, but it eventually broke down on the KOM climb. In the finish, David showed off his climbing skills and finished just outside the top 10 in the 13th place.”

“Despite the relentless attacks, our team rode well together. We never gave up on the chance to get into the breakaway. In the end, we didn’t have the legs to be in the top 10, but we can be proud of our performance on such a difficult day.”

David Lozano (ESP):

“Today turned out to be a good day for our team and me personally. We started off aggressively, aiming to get one of us in the breakaway. After many tries, Stephen successfully joined one until the KOM climb, where it was caught. After that, our team worked hard to keep Sam and me safe for the finish.”

“I like these uphill finishes, but today, there were too many strong competitors left at the end. I was hoping to get a top 10, but it didn’t work out. Luckily, we have three more chances, and I’m looking forward to that!”

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