Quebec City, Canada — David Lozano earned his first top 10 finish with Team Novo Nordisk when he sprinted to 10th place on Stage 4 of the Tour de Beauce.
“I’m not a sprinter, but when you have the legs, you can do it!” Lozano said. “The fact it was an uphill finish helped me. I started the final climb in second to last position but I never gave up.”
Saturday’s 130.5-kilometer nine-lap circuit race around Quebec City saw five riders escape and earn a gap of three minutes. On the final 14.5-km lap, the breakaway disintegrated and a driving peloton swept up all riders except a lone survivor, Leonardo Pinizzotto (Amore Vita-Selle SMP). Pinizzotto held on for the win with the peloton crossing mere seconds behind him.
“Today was a hard day on the bike because of the rain, but we managed to get into the front group for the finish,” he said. “When the day started, it was so cold. I’m glad I fought through it. By the final few laps, I started to feel better and I was able to get my best finish with the team.”
Lozano, who is an 11-time Spanish national mountain bike and cyclocross champion, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 22. In March, the 25-year-old Spanish climber proved his strength on the road when he won the king of the mountain’s classification at Cholet Pays De Loire in France.
“Makes me feel good knowing I fought even through difficult weather conditions,” he said.
Sunday is the final stage of the five-day Tour de Beauce. The world’s first diabetes pro cycling team will tackle a 12-lap, 124.8-km circuit around the city of Saint-Georges.