Race: Tour of Denmark, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Romo/Sonderberg, Denmark
Distance: 180 kilometers
Sønderberg, Denmark — Team Novo Nordisk was extremely active and motivated from the start of Stage 2 at the Tour of Denmark. Chris Williams, Charles Planet and Andrea Peron were all seen attacking off the front trying to create the day’s break. Yet, it took over an hour before the peloton allowed a group to get free on the 180-kilometer course. Eventually four riders earned a gap. With 35 km remaining on the day, a large crash saw Williams, Peron, David Lozano, and Kevin De Mesmaeker hit the ground. All Team Novo Nordisk riders were able to continue racing.
As the race reached the first of three finishing laps around Sonderberg, the escapees were reeled in. A front group of around 50 riders emerged that included Planet. As the race was heading to the line, another bad crash saw Planet and several other riders go down hard. Fortunately, the 22-year-old Frenchman was able to finish. Due to an ambulance-forced closure on the course, all riders in chase groups and the gruppetto were given the same time and place.