Race: Vuelta Independencia Nacional Republica Dominicana, Stage 8
Start/Finish: Santo Domingo/Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance: 84 kilometers
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Team Novo Nordisk concluded the Vuelta Independencia Nacional in the Dominican Republic on Sunday with Dutchman Gerd de Keijzer sprinting to a top 15th place.
Attacks began from the start of the 14-lap race, and the intensity never dwindled. Various riders, including Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano, escaped during the 84-kilometer stage.
“The team was working well together all day with David covering a lot of the attacks and eventually made it into the break for about 40 kilometers,” de Keijzer said. “Ben [Dilley] did an awesome job keeping me out of the wind and in the front group so I could take it easy during the race.
With four laps remaining on the 5.9-km circuit, a five-man group escaped and held on to the finish with Robert Sweeting (Team SmartStop) sprinting to the line as the peloton closed in. Team Novo Nordisk’s Gerd de Keijzer earned his best result of the season when he sprinted to 12th place.
“With 10 km to go, I flatted and needed a quick rear wheel change,” the 21-year-old Dutchman explained. “I got back to the field with five kilometers to go and Ben took me straight to the front of the field, dropping me off on the SmartStop train. I finished sixth from the field and 12th overall.”
Sunday’s final stage of the Vuelta Independencia Nacional wraps a successful race for Team Novo Nordisk with David Lozano earning three top 10 finishes throughout the eight-day Dominican race. The 26-year-old Spaniard proved his consistency by finishing 17th overall with Robigzon Leandro Oyola winning the overall race (EPM-UNE- Área Metropolitana).
Results: Robert Sweeting (Team SmartStop) finished first with Cristian Torres taking second place and Jacob Schwingboth (Bike Aid) rounding out the podium.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, resumes racing on Saturday, March 7th with its debut appearance at Strade Bianche in Italy.