Race: Tour du Rwanda, Stage 7
Start/Finish: Musanze / Kigali, Rwanda
Distance: 107.4 kilometers
Kigali, Rwanda – Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, earned a historic win Saturday when David Lozano (ESP) soloed to victory on Stage 7 at the Tour du Rwanda. This win marks the team’s second victory in its six-year history.
Beginning in Musanze, the 107-kilometer stage featured two intermediate sprints and six categorized climbs with the final one serving as a summit finish. Attacks flew from the start and Team Novo Nordisk’s Joonas Henttala (FIN) made the initial break. The group splintered on the first climb. When the raced reached Kigali, Lozano had bridged with a small group of riders to make a nine-man front group. Heading up the final climb, Lozano attacked, dropped the other escapees, and soloed to the win on the penultimate stage.
Hailing from Terrassa, Spain, Lozano was an 11-time Spanish national mountain bike and cyclocross champion. At 22 and the peak of his career, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and his team immediately broke his contract. He connected with Southerland via social media soon after his diagnosis and was invited to race with the newly forming Team Novo …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk