Mexico City, Mexico — In a short race against the clock, Team Novo Nordisk’s Javier Megias finished in 30th place on Saturday’s stage 5 of the Vuelta Mexico.
The 2.5-kilometer course ended with an uphill finish to the picturesque Castillo de Chapultepec. Juan Villegas (4 72 Colombia) took his second consecutive win and held on to leader’s jersey when he finished three seconds faster than Tom Zirbel (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies).
Megias, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 15 and has raced his entire professional career with the condition, finished 22 seconds behind Villegas. The Spaniard remains Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider overall in 36th place, 9:36 behind Villegas.
Sunday’s 101.2-km final stage of the Vuelta Mexico is a 14-lap circuit on the Paseo de la Reforma in the center of Mexico City. Each lap is 4.6 km in length and the course is generally flat. Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor, who took fourth place on Friday’s stage 4, is eager to build upon these results and would love to garner a podium place on the final stage.
“While I’d prefer for the stage to end with a little more of an uphill finish, my legs feel good and I’m hoping to take on the final sprint,” Verschoor said.