Planet Stars in Breakaway at Tour of California Opener

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Tour of California, Stage 1

Start/Finish: Sacramento/Sacramento, California, USA

Distance: 104.1 miles/167.5 kilometers

Sacramento, Cali —Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet raced more than 100 miles off the front as part of a four-man breakaway on the opening stage of the Tour of California.

Immediately following the neutral start, Planet attacked and three riders grabbed his wheel. The quartet quickly built a gap of around two minutes, but the peloton never allowed them to gain much more time. Halfway into the 167.5-kilometer stage, the peloton nearly reeled them in due to crosswinds and the formation of echelons. Once everything calmed down, the gap went back out to 1:25. Inside the final 20 kilometers, escapee Ben Wolfe (Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis) attacked and earned a gap of 20 seconds but the break came back together as it approached the finishing laps around downtown Sacramento. In the end, the escapees were caught on the final laps, and the race came down to a bunch sprint with Marcel Kittel (Quick Step-Floors) taking the win. Andrea Peron finished as Team Novo Nordisk’s best-placed rider.

Charles Planet
My goal was to get in the breakaway from the start, so I was the first rider to attack from Kilometer Zero. It …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk