I’m really happy to take fourth place in the Prologue after such a really short time to recover from [the Tour of] California plus the 10-hour time zone difference. The riders who finished in front of me were just stronger today. I’m already looking forward to the next stage to give more and maybe get a win,
Planet Takes Fourth Place in Tour of Estonia Prologue
Team Novo Nordisk got off to a strong start at the 2019 edition of Tour of Estonia with Charles Planet securing fourth place in the 3.7-kilometer opening prologue in the capital of Tallinn.
“I’m really happy to take fourth place in the Prologue after such a really short time to recover from [the Tour of] California plus the 10-hour time zone difference. The riders who finished in front of me were just stronger today. I’m already looking forward to the next stage to give more and maybe get a win," said Planet. "It was a really nice course with a straight first section with a lot of headwind and then a short uphill, which I rode fully out of the saddle into a fairlly technical final."
Hot off the heels of an impressive performance last week at the Tour of California, Planet made the most of his good form and powered across the finishing line in three minutes and 37 seconds, less than a second shy of the podium.
The short but technical parcours suited the 25-year-old Frenchman who for most of the day held the best provisional time. Eventually, Planet was dethroned in the hot seat by three other riders, including Matthias Brändle (Israel Cycling Academy) who confirmed his status as prologue favorite and won by almost 10 seconds to the second placed rider.
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team put in a solid collective effort with Italian Andrea Peron and Dutchman Brian Kamstra finishing 11th and 12th place, respectively.
Team Novo Nordisk continues to fight for glory on Estonian soil on Friday with the 187-km Stage 1 that will link Tallinn and Tartu. Planet will start in the fourth position in the overall classification.
Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes UCI Professional Continental cycling team. In 2012, Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, came together to create Team Novo Nordisk, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes.
For more information, go to www.teamnovonordisk.com.
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