Race: Tour of Slovakia – Stage 3
Distance: 200.6 kilometers
Hlohovec, Slovakia —Charles Planet powered to an impressive eight place amongst some fierce competition on stage 3 of Tour of Slovakia, notching Team Novo Nordisk’s second top 10 result in the race.
With just over 200 km and three Cat -2 climbs stage three presented itself as a long and gruelling day in the saddle. The low temperatures and biting wind posed an added challenge but the fight to be in the breakaway started as soon as the flag dropped. Team Novo Nordisk rode offensively and actively pursued the initial moves. After 30 km of a steady stream of attacks four riders surged ahead and opened a gap of around two and a half minutes.
Gašper Katrašnik (Adria Mobil), Mateusz Grabis (Vostaer), Martin Urianstad (Uno-X) and Kenny Molly (Wallonie-Bruxelles) stayed up front during most of the day but were predictably reeled back in with 20 km to go.
As the world tour teams took the reigns of the race the main field exploded into several groups. Charles Planet did very well to stay on the right side of the splits and found himself upfront in a select group.
On the final categorised climb just before …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk