Race: GP Stad Zottegem
Start/Finish: Zottegem/Zottegem, Belgium
Distance: 190.1 kilometers
Zottegem, Belgium — Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano showed his late season form when he finished as part of an elite front group on Tuesday’s GP Stad Zottegem.
“Today’s course wasn’t one that I really fit my strengths,” Lozano said. “I feel like I raced smart throughout the day.”
The 190.1-kilometer course saw nearly half the peloton withdraw due to the challenging course and abnormally high temperatures for Belgium. From the start, attacks were flying, including one from Team Novo Nordisk’s staigiare Quentin Valognes, but the race was still together after an hour. The high pace combined with nonstop attacks caused numerous riders to fall off the pace after the first laps. With 55 km remaining, there were approximately a dozen riders off the front, but as was the theme for the day, they too were reeled back. When the race hit the final lap around Zottegem, the cobbled Paddestraat reduced the peloton down to less than three dozen riders. In the end, it came down to a bunch sprint from this group with Tim Merlier (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) taking the win.
“I launched an attack on the first lap, but everything came back together when we reached …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk