Planet and Lozano Earn Career-Best Results at Japan Cup

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Race: Japan Cup/ Japan Cup Road Race

Start/Finish: Utsunomiya Forest Park, JAPAN

Distance: 144.2-kilometer

Utsunomiya, Japan — Team Novo Nordisk closed out the 2019 season by placing two riders in the top 20 at the Japan Cup. Frenchman Charles Planet took 16th, his best result in six Japan Cup starts, while teammate David Lozano finished directly behind in 17th position.

The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team took on the 144.2-kilometer Japan Cup Road Race under partly cloudy skies on Sunday. The 14-lap race included a steep climb followed by a fast, technical descent through Utsunomiya Forest Park.

The attacks began on the opening lap including an early attack by Team Novo Nordisk’s Brian Kamstra, but it was a group of eight riders, primarily representing World Tour teams, that escaped.

Over several laps, two riders worked to bridge up to the escapees. Eventually, the effort paid off. Heading into the final laps, the break fell away and the peloton was reduced to less than two dozen riders.

On the 13th lap, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) broke off the front with the Dutchman proving he had the strongest legs taking the win by a second.

Following the race, Novo Nordisk Japan hosted a successful …read more

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