Race: Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Punta Cana – Santo Domingo
Distance: 187 kilometers
Overview: Monday’s stage of the Vuelta Dominicana saw early breakaways and multiple attacks over the 187 kilometers of a mostly flat course along the coast. Team Novo Nordisk’s Ruud Cremers (NED), Ben Dilley (USA), James Glasspool (AUS) and Gerd de Keijzer (NED) worked well together to cover the breakaways and position David Lozano (ESP) for a strong finish. As the peloton sprinted to the finish line, Glasspool was involved in a minor crash and Lozano was able to secure a sixth place finish, right behind the stage winner, Jaime Alberto Castaneda (EPM-UNE-Área Metropolitana).
“My teammates and I were really focused today and the race began well with our riders supporting each other and working hard to cover the breaks,” said Lozano. “Unfortunately James crashed right before the finish, but I’m confident if he were there we would have had a great chance for a podium result. We will try again tomorrow.”
Results: Jaime Alberto Castaneda (EPM-UNE-Área Metropolitana) was first, followed by Coulton Hartrich (iRT Racing) in second and Augusto Sanchez (Dominican Republic) in third.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing tomorrow in the Dominican Republic on stage 3, a 177-km route from Santo Domingo to Samana.