Race: Tour of Slovenia, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Nova Gorica/Ajdovščina
Distance: 153.9 kilometers
Ajdovščina, Slovenia — Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano put up a strong performance on the Queen Stage of Tour of Slovenia and climbed to 18th in the overall classification.
The 154 km-long queen stage between Nova Gorica and Ajdovščina started under challenging weather conditions with heavy rain coming down during the first to hours of racing. Five riders braved the elements and made the breakaway but were always kept on a short leash by the peloton.
With 70 km remaining only two escapees remained up front with the peloton riding five minutes in arrears with all our Team Novo Nordisk riders. The main goal was to keep our to leaders, David Lozano and Peter Kusztor, in a good position to tackle the last climb of the day and the most gruelling of this edition of Tour of Slovenia: the 9km-long Predmeja climb with its average gradient of eight per cent.
The remains of the breakaway were reeled in with 37 km to go and soon after the battle for the overall classification started with Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) putting in a strong attack that exploded the field. GC leader Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk