La Malinche, Mexico — Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished inside the top 30 on stage 3 of the Vuelta Mexico. Thursday’s stage lived up to its billing as the queen stage with more than 10 percent of the race’s starters abandoning the stage.
Thursday’s 201.2-km race was nearly entirely uphill, climbing more than 3,000 meters from the start in Cuautla before a summit finish on La Malinche.
The action began when strong crosswinds hit the peloton on the first real climb of the day, 20 km from the start, and a large break formed. This break dwindled down to four escapees who gained more than nine minutes on the peloton. The remainder of the field was scattered throughout the course. The escapees were caught on the final climb when Diego Ochoa (Colombia 4-72) attacked and soloed to the win.
“Vuelta Mexico is tough,” says Belgian rider Kevin de Mesmaeker, “but we’re working hard to show the people of Mexico what may be possible with diabetes”.
Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished 29th, 3:52 behind Ochoa. Maxat Ayazbayev (Astana Continental Team) moved into the race lead. Megias remains Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider in 29th, 4:49 behind Ayazbayev.
Racing continues at the Vuelta Mexico for the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team on Friday’s stage 4, a 110.4-km stage beginning in Tlaxcala and featuring seven circuits around Huamantla.