Race: Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana, Stage 6
Start/Finish: Santiago/Santiago, Dominican Republic
Distance: 104 kilometers
Santiago, Dominican Republic: Team Novo Nordisk took on stage 6 of the Vuelta Dominicana today, a 104-kilometer fast-paced circuit through the city streets of Santiago. David Lozano (ESP) racked up his third top-10 result of the race with a seventh place finish.
Today’s circuit took the peloton through sixteen 6.4 km laps with a 300-meter climb at the end of each one. The course profile suited Team Novo Nordisk’s climber, Lozano, who was able to progress to the front of the pack throughout the race. Heading into the final corner, Lozano was first and positioned for a podium finish when his chain dropped. Jaime Castaneda (EPM-UNE-Área Metropolitana) pulled ahead for the win and Lozano managed a seventh place finish.
“I knew the climb at the end was going to make the difference and each lap I was feeling better and better positioned in the group,” said Lozano. “I had a better result in my legs, but on the last turn of the race I dropped my chain. I’m upset, but we will get up again tomorrow and keep trying for a podium result.”
Results: Jaime Castaneda (EPM-UNE-Área Metropolitana) finished first, followed by Diego Milan (Inteja – MMR Dominican Cycling Team) in second and Boris Carene (Team Differdange – Losch) in third.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing tomorrow in the Dominican Republic on stage 7, a 151.6-kilometer stage from Santiago to Santo Domingo.