Race: Tour of Slovenia, Stage 1
Start/Finish: Ljubljana/Rogaška Slatina
Distance: 168.5 kilometers
Celje, Slovenia — Team Novo Nordisk raced aggressively in the opening stage of the 26th edition of the Tour of Slovenia with Frenchman Charles Planet showing the Changing Diabetes jersey at the front of the race in a late breakaway which he instigated after a bold attack.
The 168.5 km stage between Ljubljana and Rogaška Slatina took the riders over a lumpy terrain but no major climbs. Three riders went up the road on the first climb after just 6 km. They carved out a gap of four minutes before the peloton, led by the sprinters teams, took charge and started riding tempo to keep the trio in check. In the second half of the race the breakaway’s advantage started to dip steadily and the last two remaining escapees got swallowed up by the bunch just after the last KOM with 53 km to go. Charles Planet anticipated the moment and launched a fierce attack just after the summit. Our Frenchman, a savvy breakaway aficionado, was later joined by an elite group of 10 other riders who worked well together and opened a gap that topped at one minute and 45 seconds. …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk