Race: Giro della Toscana, stage 1
Start/Finish: Arezzo / Montecatini Terme, Italy
Distance: 174.7 kilometers
Terme, Italy – Team Novo Nordisk kicked off the two-day Giro della Toscana on Tuesday, facing off against some stiff competition on the 174.7-kilometer opening stage through the Tuscan countryside.
A breakaway of six riders pulled away inside the first 10km, and eventually established a maximum gap of 5:00. However, it was clear that Movistar was determined to rule the day, and with 30km to go the peloton had reeled the escapees back in.
As the riders approached the first of two final climbs near Montecatini, teams were once again on the attack, forcing the peloton to break up, but Team Novo Nordisk rider David Lozano emerged with an elite front group of approximately 30 riders.
“Today was a hard day at the office,” Lozano said, “everyone knew the second to last climb, with its sections of 18% gradients, were going to be decisive and threaten to split the group. I managed to stay up with the first group, and the last 20-25km were really fast and hard, with up and downs that made the group even smaller.”