Race: Tour de Pologne, Stage 5
Distance: 153.8 kilometers
Zakopane, Poland — Charles Planet extended his lead in the “Most Active Rider” classification after yet another stellar breakaway performance on stage 5 of Tour de Pologne.
For the fourth time in five days, and despite injuries sustained in a crash on stage 3, Frenchman Charles Planet showed his fighting spirit by going all in for the breakaway. After a flurry of attacks, Szymon Rekita (Polish National Team) and Kamil Gradek (CCC Pro Team) opened a gap of over 30 seconds to the peloton. At this point Planet jumped from the main field and successfully bridged across to the front solo.
The trio was later joined by Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and the day’s breakaway was formed. Knowing that he would inevitably relinquish the King of the Mountains jersey over the coming climbing stages and still recovering from injuries sustained in a crash on stage 3, the 25-year-old Frenchman made the tactical decision not to contest the KOM’s on offer and focus his energy on the intermediate sprints with the aim to extend his lead in the blue jersey competition.
The quartet worked hard to open up a four-minute lead but the peloton wasn’t keen …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk