Strong start for Lozano on the first road stage at Tour of Slovakia

Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)

“With four categorised climbs in the menu today and a fast finish made for sprinters, today we had the whole team working for David and Andrea.

The guys did well and gave everything they had. Overall there was a good teamwork, and both David and Andrea managed to stay with the bunch until the last climb.

With more than 110km in the legs though, we knew the last GPM was going to be hard. Andrea lost his position just a few meters before the end of the climb, while David pushed until the end and joined the leading group in a fast final sprint bringing home the 22nd place. A good result for this first road stage.”

Andrea Peron (ITA)

“I’m a bit disappointed because I was feeling good and I was with the main group until the last climb. In the last 100 meters uphill I lost my position together with other two guys and finished behind.”

“I am happy for David, he rode strong until the end and seeing him crossing the line with the leaders is an extra boost for the next days.”

David Lozano (ESP)

“Today was tough, but the parcour suited me and I felt good. In the finale I was able to find and hold a good spot in the bunch and find my rhythm.

A pity missing the top 20 for just two positions, but we have three more days on the road to chase an even better result.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Top 20 for Lozano at the Tour du Jura

Sport director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“Hard day. We knew what was in store for us, but it didn’t change anything. Unfortunately Andrea paid for yesterday’s crash today and after being very active in the opening kilometers trying to get into the breakaway, it became apparent that he had problems with his thigh and was not pedaling fluidly.”

“Then we lost Peter to a crash and after trying to remount and continue, he unfortunately also had to abandon. On a positive note we had David who worked hard and finished really well and I have to say that Lucas impressed me very much in his first races with the pro team.”

“It’s clear that he has worked very hard on his recovery and also his training program. He struggled a little today, but I like what I saw from him.”

Andrea Peron:

“I’m really disappointed to be honest, I was going well yesterday until the crash and even after I managed to finish the race I thought, ok, I’ll be good to go tomorrow. But after the second attack to get in the breakaway I was in pain and had restricted movement in my right leg and couldn’t continue.”

Lucas Dauge:

“It’s been a great few days with the team. Being with the guys and above all getting back to racing, especially in the sunshine on French roads.”

“I didn’t know what to expect from my condition after so long without competition. I knew that I had put the work in and my only objective was to come through the races in the best shape possible.”

David Lozano:

“Today I felt better than yesterday out there. I think the course suited me really well and my last race was at the Tour du Limousin so France has been good to me lately.”

“The hills were pretty sharp and steep with gradients over 20%, but I like that when I’m feeling good so it wasn’t a problem. I hope we can have a good last few weeks of racing now and give our all for a result in Slovakia and Croatia.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com