Folsom, Calif — Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet held on to the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey for the second consecutive day at the Amgen Tour of California.
Planet earned the jersey after spending more than 100 miles in a six-man breakaway on Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California. Monday’s Stage 2 was a 12.5-mile individual time trial around historic downtown Folsom. The fastest time on the out-and-back course was set by Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), who also moved into the overall race lead.
For Planet, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, keeping the jersey for another day serves as extra motivation going into Tuesday’s difficult mountain stage. The Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey is awarded daily to the cyclist who best exemplifies courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance.
“This is my first professional race in America,” the 20-year-old French rider said. “I hope to represent it well as we climb up Mt. Diablo tomorrow.”
In addition to racing against the clock, Team Novo Nordisk hosted several families from the diabetes community, including a 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed within the last month and a young boy who was diagnosed at two months old. The Team Novo Nordisk riders said they were excited to meet their fans and continue to inspire, education and empower those affected by diabetes.
Tuesday’s Stage 3 serves as the Amgen Tour of California’s queen stage, or most difficult stage of the race. The 108.5-mile race begins in San Jose. The riders will face the Hors Categorie, or beyond classification, Mount Hamilton around 20 miles into the day and then end with a summit finish up Mount Diablo.