Lozano Heads Into Final Lap Solo at Japan Cup Criterium

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Japan Cup/ Japan Cup Criterium Race

Start/Finish: Utsunomiya, Japan

Distance: 38.25-kilometer

Utsunomiya, Japan — Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano launched a late-race solo attack at Saturday’s Japan Cup criterium. The 30-year-old Spaniard was caught with one kilometer remaining while teammate Joonas Henttala went down in a 20-rider crash that forced the race to be neutralized.

Saturday’s 15-lap criterium around downtown Utsunomiya took place on a 2.25-kilometer circuit with two u-turns. Numerous breakaway attempts on the opening laps kept tension high. Around Lap 7, a crash caused chaos throughout the peloton, and organizers briefly stopped the race. Henttala went down and was not able to continue; he is expected to start Sunday’s road race.

Organizers resumed racing with five final laps. Lozano attacked and went under the start/finish line solo as the closing lap bell rang. He held on until the last kilometer when the charging peloton swept him up.

In the finish, Edward Theuns and Sonny Colbrelli battled it out to the line with Theuns taking the win for Trek-Segafredo.

The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing at the Japan Cup on Sunday with the 144.2-km road race. The riders will complete 14 laps around a 10.3-km course.

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Via:: Team Novo Nordisk