Planet Survives Brutal Climbing to Keep Blue Jersey at Tour de Pologne

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Tour de Pologne – Stage 6

Start/Finish: Zakopane/Kościelisko

Distance: 160 kilometers

Zakopane, Poland — Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet overcame a harrowing climbing day and kept a firm grip on the Blue “Most Active Rider” jersey with one stage to go in the 76th edition of Tour de Pologne.

Starting in the ski resort of Zakopane the penultimate stage of the Polish World Tour race offered no less than seven Cat-1 climbs and over 4000m of climbing on the menu. After four nearly consecutive breakaway performances and still recovering from a crash on stage 3, Planet was focused on managing his effort and safely finish the day, thereby keeping the solid lead in the “Most Active Rider” competition.

After nearly an hour of successive breakaway attempts and a very hard tempo that resulted in several splits in the peloton, four riders opened a respectable three minutes gap. Peter Kusztor showed his climbing pedigree by staying in the main field until three laps to go, while his Team Novo Nordisk teammates rode in support of Planet, several minutes in arrears.

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Via:: Team Novo Nordisk