Race: Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana, Stage 7
Start/Finish: Santiago – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance: 151.6 kilometers
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Following a short and flat circuit yesterday, Team Novo Nordisk lined up for Stage 7 of the Vuelta Dominicana in Santiago today. The 151.6-km stage featured several categorized climbs, including one KOM and three intermediate sprints, offering climbers a chance to stretch their legs.
The race remained calm until the first sprint, 38-km into the stage. A few small attacks were caught quickly, but at 80-km a group of four riders managed to break away. The peloton didn’t allow the break to gain much of an advantage and was never more than two and a half minutes behind. After a downhill run to the finish, the main field reeled in the break with 5-km to go. A flurry of attacks peppered the last few kilometers before Norlandy Taveras (Team Ochoa Finauto) won the sprint finish. David Lozano (ESP) was Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider, finishing 19th, and sits 16th in the general classification heading into the final stage.
Results: Norlandy Taveras (Team Ochoa Finauto) took the sprint win ahead of Diego Milan (Inteja MMR) in second and Robigzon Oyola (EPM-Une) in third.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, will wrap up the Vuelta Dominicana tomorrow at the final stage, a fast 84-km circuit in Santo Domingo.