Race: Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Santo Domingo – Samana, Dominican Republic
Distance: 177 kilometers
Samana, Dominican Republic – The third stage of the Vuelta Dominicana from Santo Domingo to Samana featured the first categorized climbs of the eight-day race and a tenth place finish by Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano (ESP). A category three climb 65 kilometers into the race caused a split in the peloton, but a two-man breakaway had already established a three-minute advantage. Americans Eamon Lucas (Team IRT Racing) and Evan Huffman (Team Smart Stop) continued to evade the peloton until the 130-km mark.
Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano drove a new breakaway clear with 45-km left to race, bringing eight riders up the road in pursuit of the lone Evan Huffman (Team Smart Stop). With 10-km to go Lozano charged clear with Byron Guama (Team Equador) in pursuit of Huffman. However, the peloton absorbed Lozano and Guama while Huffman stayed clear to take the solo win. Lozano finished in tenth place for his second top-ten result this week.
“We were aggressive today and I was hoping for a podium result, but managed to finish tenth,” said Lozano. “At 45km to go I created a breakaway with eight other riders and at 10 km I attacked with Guama to bridge the gap to the leader. Unfortunately at just 2.5km to go, we were caught by the front group. I’m looking forward to more climbing stages, where I can fight for a better result.”
Results: Evan Huffman (Team Smart Stop) took the win 25 seconds ahead of Byron Guama (Team Ecuador) in second and Jaime Castañeda (EPM-Une) in third. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) was tenth.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing tomorrow in the Dominican Republic on stage 4, a 135.8-km route from Samana to San Francisco de Macoris.