Seville, Spain — While Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor finished 11th on the penultimate stage of the Vuelta Andalucía, the team eagerly awaits the final stage as climber David Lozano prepares to contest for the overall king of the mountains jersey.
Saturday’s stage 3 of the Vuelta Andalucía was a 183.8-kilometer race from Sanlúcar la Mayor to Seville. After two tough mountain stages, the flatter profile gave the sprinters a chance to shine. The race began with a four-man break that was caught inside the final 15 km. As teams jockeyed for position, the peloton roared toward the technical finish at lightning-fast speeds. Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor was leading teammate Andrea Peron to the front of the pack when a Giant-Shimano rider crashed in front of them. Verschoor was able to jump over the downed rider while Peron was less fortunate.
“It was crazy going into the finish,” Verschoor said. “In the last 300 meters, the road narrowed and I couldn’t get out to open up my sprint. I was boxed in and did my best to finish strong.”
Sunday’s final stage of the Vuelta Andalucía is a 159.8-km race from Ubrique to Fuengirola and features three categorized climbs. Eleven-time Spanish mountain bike and cyclocross national champion Lozano enters the stage second overall in the king of the mountains competition behind Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise). The 25-year-old plans to fight for points and hopes to win the overall mountains competition, which would mark a historic milestone for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
“I want it and I’m ready to try,” Lozano said. “It is important for me and for the team to win this jersey.”