Santuari de Lluc, Mallorca — Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias held on until the final kilometer in Tuesday’s Iberostar Challenge Ciclista Mallorca after attacking from a six-man break. Megias took top points over the race’s final categorized climb.
“I felt really good on the last climb. Unfortunately it was not enough because the final kilometers were so hilly and I had already expended so much energy,” Megias said.
Megias, along with five other riders, escaped 33 kilometers into the 152.9-km Trofeo Deia, which featured five categorized climbs. The six riders built a maximum gap of nine minutes before Megias and Antonio Piedra (Caja Rural- Seguros RGA) attacked from the group. Megias was the first to summit the Coll de Puig Major, a category one climb 14.4-km from the finish, and it appeared the duo might hold on for the win.
“Piedra and I worked very well together,” Megias explained. “We spoke and decided to go at it jointly because it was such a big opportunity. We did fantastic together on the final climb.”
On the descent into Lluc, Megias and Piedra were caught by their earlier breakaway companions and were joined by Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Sergio Henao (Team Sky). Kwiatkowski launched an attack and soloed to the win. Megias was caught inside the final kilometer and finished the race as the team’s top-placed rider in 29th, 31 seconds behind Kwiatkowski.
Megias serves as a mentor to both his Team Novo Nordisk teammates and the entire diabetes community. The nine-year professional has raced his entire career with diabetes. Diagnosed at age 15, Megias has finished one Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana in 2007, where he was sixth on Stage 16.
Wednesday‘s final day of the Iberostar Challenge Ciclista Mallorca is another mountain race featuring four categorized climb. Megias said he’d love to have another solid race for Team Novo Nordisk.
“I will try again; I don’t have anything to lose,” Megias said. “I will see how I feel, but if I’m feeling good, I will try again.”