Today was a 126-kilometer stage with a lot of wind so it was very intense all day with a lot of tension in the bunch. The team always kept me in a good position so I managed to stay at the front and grab more points for the KOM jersey,
Lozano Increases KOM Lead at Tour of Taiyuan
Team Novo Nordisk continued to impress at the inaugural edition of the Tour of Taiyuan with David Lozano strengthening his standing in the King of the Mountains Jersey competition on Stage 2.
“Today was a 126-kilometer stage with a lot of wind so it was very intense all day with a lot of tension in the bunch," explained Lozano. "The team always kept me in a good position so I managed to stay at the front and grab more points for the KOM jersey.”
After the climbing festival that was the opening stage, Monday's stage was a more benign affair both in distance and difficulty with only a Category 3 climb to overcome before finishing at the famous Datong Yungan Grottoes.
Lozano set out to increase his lead in the mountains classification and the 30-year-old Spaniard was successful, increasing his points total to 19 and extending his lead to three points.
Estonian Martin Laas (Team Illuminate) won the final bunch sprint ahead of Zhang Zheng (Hengxiang Cycling Team) and Lucas Carstensen (Bike Aid).
Lozano finished safely in the first group and kept his eighth position in the overall classification, four minutes and 46 seconds down on the current leader, American Cameron Piper (Team Illuminate).
On Tuesday, the peloton will face a circuit-style Stage 3 in Wutai with three laps of a 27.8-km course totaling 83.4 km. In the finale, a bunch sprint is expected; however, the wind could play an important role in the events.
Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes UCI Professional Continental cycling team. In 2012, Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, came together to create Team Novo Nordisk, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes. For more information, go to www.teamnovonordisk.com.