Teamwork Saves Planet for Explosive Finish at Tour de Hongrie

By teamnovonordisk

Race: 2018 Tour de Hongrie, stage 1

Location: Balatonalmádi / Keszthely, Hungary

Distance: 154 kilometers

Keszthely, HUNGARY – Charles Planet finished 9th on Wednesday in stage one at the Tour de Hongrie. The French rider finished in the same time as the leaders on a hilly course along the north shore of Hungary’s Lake Balaton, but slipped to third overall as time bonuses gave the stage winner a 10-second advantage in the week-long race.

Planet used his teammates in the first two hours of racing to protect and guide him at the front of the 128-man peloton, with constant jockeying for position in an aggressive group on sometimes narrow roads.

The peloton entered the final 25-km circuit through the tourist town of Keszthely all together, but split up as rival teams sought to break the pack down to just a handful of contenders at the front. Planet made the crucial selection on the steep climb in Rezi, and then played a smart hand to finish well on the technical and cobblestone finish in front of large crowds.

Planet is now third overall, with stage winner Manuel Belletti of Italy jumping to the yellow leader’s jersey with nine seconds over Switzerland’s Patrick Schelling and 10 seconds ahead …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk