Solid Start in Taiwan For French Neo-Pro

10 March 2014

Taoyuan County, Taiwan — Team Novo Nordisk’s new signee, 20-year-old Charles Planet, continues to prove himself by finishing as the team’s best-placed rider for the second consecutive day in Taiwan.

Monday’s stage two of the Tour de Taiwan was a 151.4-km race beginning and ending in Taoyuan County. The stage featured a steep category one climb halfway through the race. A large front group of 16-riders formed and held off the peloton where Benjamin Giraud (Team La Pomme Marseille) sprinted to the win. Team Novo Nordisk’s Planet finished in 24th place, 4:56 behind Giraud.

Giraud’s teammate Rémy Di Gregorio also featured in the front group and with the time gap was able to move into the overall race lead. Planet remains Team Novo Nordisk’s top-placed rider in 30th, 5:08 behind Di Gregorio.

On Tuesday’s, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing at the Tour de Taiwan with a 143-km race around Changhua County. The race begins with an early categorized climb and ends with a summit finish up Bagua Mountain.

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