Race: Tour des Fjords, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Ulvik / Suldalsosen, Norway
Distance: 221 kilometers
Suldalsosen, Norway — Team Novo Nordisk rider Charles Planet (FRA) fought hard to finish strong on Friday’s stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords, the longest stage of the 5-day race.
Attacks flew from the start, despite more wet conditions, but it wasn’t until the first of the race’s three categorized climbs that a group of seven managed to pull away to form the day’s breakaway.
“Today was an epic day,” Planet said, “with strong, non-stop rain. The peloton started to split at the first KOM. I felt a bit better than last few days, and I was comfortable on the slippery descents. But even though I felt comfortable, I lost the contact with the first group on the descent of the 2nd KOM and had to chase for 25km to get back. I lost a lot of energy, but I eventually made it.”
With 25km to go, the leaders maintained an advantage of 2:30, and teams began attacking off the front in anticipation of the final sprint.
“From then on, it was hilly the whole time, with short a climb on the final, ” Planet said, “which turned out to be pretty …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk