Cuernavaca, Mexico — Tuesday’s stage one of the Vuelta Mexico proved a challenging start to the six-day stage race.
The 81.6-kilometer stage featured one lengthy and decisive climb. The peloton was together at the foot of the climb, but a blistering pace quickly splintered the group on the nearly 50-km climb gradual climb.
“While it was a short stage, it definitely wasn’t easy,” Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano said. “Climbing at altitude mixed with a super fast pace was just too much. “
Towards the end of the climb, a nine-man breakaway escaped. Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias and Martijn Verschoor were part of a chase group, but they were never able to reel back the escapees. Juan Villegas (4-72 Colombia) took the win ahead of Juan Tamayo (Funvic Brasilinvest-São José dos Campos) and Uri Martins (Amore & Vita).
Megias finished as Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 23rd, 53 seconds behind Villegas.
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing Wednesday at the Vuelta Mexico with a 144.6-km hilly race beginning and ending in Cuernavaca.