Mexico City, Mexico — Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor put in an aggressive sprint finish on Sunday’s final stage of the Vuelta Mexico and earned the team its second top 10 finish of the race.
Sunday’s final stage was a 101-kilometer circuit around Mexico City’s central Paseo de La Reforma. During the 22-lap circuit, riders attempted to breakaway including Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano who was seen off the front of the peloton throughout the race. Despite his best efforts, the 25-year-old Spaniard was never able to gain more than a few seconds gap. Eventually a four-man break was able to gain a gap of more than 30 seconds, but it was reeled in with two laps remaining.
Verschoor, who was fourth on Friday’s stage 4, fought hard in the subsequent sprint and finished in ninth.
“I was in good position for the sprint when we started the final lap, but suddenly I was boxed in by other riders,” Verschoor said. “I wish I could have earned a podium spot because there were so many Team Novo Nordisk fans and members of the local diabetes community present cheering us on.”
Eric Young (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strageties) won the race while Juan Villegas (4 72 Colombia) held on to take the overall race win. Javier Megias finished as Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 35th place, 9:36 behind Villegas.
While the Vuelta Mexico is over, racing continues for the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team on the other side of the globe at the Tour de Taiwan.