Race: Adriatica Ionica Race – Stage 3
Start/Finish: Padola/Monte Quarin
Distance: 204.5 kilometers
Monte Quarin, Italy — Charles Planet was one of the key protagonists of stage three of Adriatica Ionica Race as he put up a great breakaway performance for over 150 km, proudly showcasing the Team Novo Nordisk colors at the front of the race.
One day after suffering to finish the queen stage due to the extreme heat the 25-year-old Frenchman was determined to make his mark on the race and went on the attack in the early kilometers, successfully making the day’s breakaway. Planet was joined at the front by Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec), Etienne Van Empel (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM), Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Roompot-Charles) and Xavier Cañellas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and the strong quintet swiftly opened a solid gap to the peloton.
After 20 km the escapees had an advantage of over three minutes and 30 seconds and as the day progress the bunch allowed that to creep to over five minutes before Deceuninck – Quickstep and Trek Segafredo decided it was time to get to work.
Van Ginneken was the first escapee to drop and afterwards Cañellas suffered a crash which dictated the end of his own breakaway efforts. Planet proved to …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk