Race: Tour of Denmark, PostNord Danmark Rundt, Stage 5
Start/Finish: Faxe / Frederiksberg, Denmark
Distance: 199 kilometers
Frederiksberg, Denmark — The five-day PostNord concluded on Sunday with a 199-kilometer race beginning in Faxe and finishing with 10 laps around Frederiksberg. Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet featured in the day’s main breakaway.
Following a standout performance on Stage 3 that saw Planet earn the PostNord Danmark RundtJulemaerkefonden Fighter’s jersey, the Frenchman remained in the running for the king of the mountains jersey, so the team’s primary strategy was to place him into the break.
From the start, nerves were high as other jerseys were still on the line. An initial break escaped, and when several riders bridged, Planet jumped on their wheels and made it up to the break. He earned several points on the climbs and finished the race second overall in the hill competition.
Strong cross and tailwinds affected the race and saw the peloton splinter into echelons before reaching the finishing circuits. Planet’s eight-man group was reeled in as the race reached Frederiksberg and Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue Sport) attacked and a new five-man break formed.
Pedersen dropped his breakaway companions and set off solo, but the Dane was caught with four kilometers to go. …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk