Race: Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 2
Pomerance, Italy — Team Novo Nordisk rider Charles Planet escaped into the Thursday’s main breakaway with five other riders and spent the next 200km ahead of the peloton in the twisting and turning Tuscan countryside.
Planet, 24, found optimal cooperation with his fellow riders on a sunny day leading out and away from the Italian seacoast, and with them quickly established a maximum advantage of more than five minutes, along the way taking points in both the sprint and mountains classifications of the week-long World Tour stage race.
Riders from the team of race leader Damiano Caruso assumed control of the chase once among the rolling hills of Tuscany, and began to close the gap as the leaders worked their way towards the picturesque Etruscan village of Pomerance. Planet and his fellow escapees did not wave goodbye to the TV cameras without a fight, and only in the final 25km of the race found themselves back among the rest of the peloton.
British rider Geraint Thomas of Team Sky won the stage in just under six hours, with the leader’s blue jersey shifting shoulders from Caruso to his BMC Racing teammate Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium.
“Since the beginning of the season I have been waiting for a good day for me. I found it today. I felt really good, and I know I have really good form, so the sacrifices and hard work have paid off. I am really tired after today, but I will rest and recover tonight. Try again in the next days? Why not, we’ll see tomorrow.”
GM Vassili Davidenko
“We had a realistic target today to get in the breakaway, and we did a really good job with Charles Planet. Six hours is a long day, and Charles and the rest of the guys really did a good job at the beginning to be active, as well as to help each other throughout the stage. At this level of racing, to have one of our guys on television for five and a half hours all serves as excellent motivation for our riders, our staff and our fans. We’re here, we’re fighting and we want to do the very best that we can. In the next few stages we’ll work for even more positive news.”
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing all week at the 52nd Tirreno-Adriatico, with hard stages in the Italian mountains and unpredictable spring weather ahead. The final stage next Tuesday is an individual time trial on Italy’s eastern coast along the Adriatic Sea.
- 1st : Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) : 5:51:44
- 2nd : Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) : 0:09 back
- 3rd : Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) : st
Team Novo Nordisk Results:
- 111st : Joonas Henttala : 8:40
- 135th : Javier Megias : 8:40
- 152nd : Andrea Peron : 12:42
- 154th : Romain Gioux : 12:42
- 156th : Martijn Verschoor : 12:42
- 157th : Fabio Calabria : 12:42
- 159th : David Lozano : 12:42
- 171st : Charles Planet : 12:42