Spanish climber David Lozano followed his fantastic 2018 campaign with another fine season in 2019, winning the mountains classification at the Tour of Taiyun along with a top 10 finish overall at the Chinese race alongside taking sixth on the general classification at the Tour du Rwanda. In total, he earned six top 10s during the 2019 season.
Now in his eighth year with Team Novo Nordisk, Lozano is an 11-time Spanish national champion in mountain-bike and cyclocross racing. In March 2014, he proved his strength on the road when he won the king of the mountain’s classification at Cholet Pays De Loire in France. Additional career highlights include sixth on Stage 3 of the Tour de Korea (2015), eighth on Stage 2 of the Tour of Estonia (2018) and eighth on Stage 2 of the Tour du Rwanda (2018).
The proof of Lozano ‘s successful transition from cyclocross to the road can be seen in the past few seasons where he earned the team’s second victory in its eighth-year history by soloing to victory on Stage 7 of the Tour du Rwanda and taking three second places and one third place (2018) at the African race. Overall, he earned eight top 5 finishes including fifth overall at the Tour of Estonia and the Tour du Rwanda (2018).
Lozano was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child and his father encouraged him to play sports to burn off excess energy. By the age of 8, he was competing in mountain biking races and went on to dominate the Spanish circuit throughout his teens. The Catalyan turned professional at 18 with the Spanish team, MSC Bikes, and was considered the best mountain biker in Spain when he began to lose vision in his right eye. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and Lozano hoped to continue mountain biking. But after he informed his team manager of the diagnosis, the team immediately broke his contract.
Lozano’s father also has type 1 diabetes and has struggled with his diabetes management. When Lozano was diagnosed, his mother was distraught, believing that the younger Lozano might experience the same difficulties as his father.
Soon after his diagnosis, Lozano connected with Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland via Facebook and the two, along with Lozano’s mother, met in Barcelona. Southerland explained the values of the team — to help inspire, educate and empower those living with diabetes — and invited Lozano to join. Lozano’s mother was grateful for the opportunity, knowing her son could live a healthy life and continue his athletic career.
Since Lozano joined Team Novo Nordisk, his father has been inspired and taken a more active role in his own diabetes management. Off the bike, the 31-year-old loves spending time with his Spanish water dog, Aria, and his wife.