Fuengirola, Spain —Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias, who finished the race in the top 30, was part of a nine-man breakaway that held on until the final kilometers on Sunday’s final stage of the Vuelta Andalucía.
Going into the race, Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano was runner-up behind Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) in the mountains competition. Lozano fought to get into the break, but with such a high tempo and intensity from the start, the 25-year-old was unable to make the move.
“The day started extremely chaotic and fast with everyone fighting to get into the break,” David Lozano said. “I really wanted to make the break so I could fight for the king of the mountains jersey, but it was simply impossible with how intense the pace was up the first climb.”
Attacks began immediately after the 159.8-km race’s neutral start. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) held the overall leader’s jersey since the prologue, so Sunday’s race was the last opportunity for teams to make up time.
“It was such a fast start to the race because it was the last chance for any of the major teams to make up time on the general classification,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Chris Williams explained. “With each attack, the peloton fought to bring it back and then another break would go. It was a hard end to an already difficult race.”
While the 25-year-old Lozano was unable to make the break, teammate Javier Megias was more fortunate and ended up in a 9-man break that was caught 25 km from the finish. While it appeared a sprint finish was inevitable, several made a late day attack and Moreno Hofland (Belkin) won ahead of Nikias Arndt (Giant-Shimano) and three Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise riders.
Valverde held on to win the overall. Megias ended as the team’s top placed rider in 28th, 5:28 behind Valverde.