Planet Spends Second Day at the Front of Abu Dhabi Tour

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Abu Dhabi Tour, Stage 2

Start/Finish: Yas Mall/Yas Beach, United Arab Emirates

Distance: 154 kilometers

ABU DHABI, UAE — Desert winds split the peloton in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, and Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano found himself on the right side of the race when things became chaotic.

On a long, straight road in Khalifa Port in one of the many large islands in the Arabian Gulf, the peloton began to close its gap to a five-rider breakaway that included Charles Planet on his second day at the front of the race. In anticipation of heavy cross winds the riders suddenly started to jockey for position and fight each other for space across the road.

Planet’s group was soon caught, and Lozano, riding with teammates Sam Brand and Rik Van Ijzendoorn, found himself at full speed on narrow roads in a splintered group of chasers, flying after a pack of around 30 riders at the front.

Within 30km the peloton reassembled itself, but did not slow down, and Lozano stayed elbow to elbow until the finish line, arriving in the same time as stage winner Elia Viviani of Italy.

David Lozano:

“Today was a little bit of a hectic stage. We knew before the stage that kilometer …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk