Race: Tour des Fjords, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Ulvik / Suldalsosen, Norway
Distance: 221 kilometers
Suldalsosen, Norway — Team Novo Nordisk rider Charles Planet (FRA) fought hard to finish strong on Friday’s stage 3 of the Tour des Fjords, the longest stage of the 5-day race.
Attacks flew from the start, despite more wet conditions, but it wasn’t until the first of the race’s three categorized climbs that a group of seven managed to pull away to form the day’s breakaway.
“Today was an epic day,” Planet said, “with strong, non-stop rain. The peloton started to split at the first KOM. I felt a bit better than last few days, and I was comfortable on the slippery descents. But even though I felt comfortable, I lost the contact with the first group on the descent of the 2nd KOM and had to chase for 25km to get back. I lost a lot of energy, but I eventually made it.”
With 25km to go, the leaders maintained an advantage of 2:30, and teams began attacking off the front in anticipation of the final sprint.
“From then on, it was hilly the whole time, with short a climb on the final, ” Planet said, “which turned out to be pretty a good final for me. We were a small group, and I sprinted for 7th place because six guys arrived, attacking with 5km to go. But I ended up 19th, which is not good, but not bad either. I’m just happy with the fight I gave today, because I went really deep to make this small group at the end. It was a really hard battle.”
Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) took the stage win and claimed the yellow jersey, and Planet finished 19th, 46-seconds behind.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing Saturday at the 165-km stage 4 of the Tour des Fjords from Stavanger to Sandnes.
- 1st: Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha): 5:38:58
- 2nd: Nick van der Lijken (Roompot – Oranje Peloton): “
- 3rd: Jonas Koch (VERVA ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team): “
Team Novo Nordisk Results:
- 19th: Charles Planet: 0:46
- 65th: David Lozano: 22:12
- 66th: Joonas Henttala: “
- 108th: Javier Megias: 29:10
- DNF: James Glasspool
- DNF: Chris Williams