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Inside The Aviva Tour Of Britain With Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet

Atlanta based Pro-continental squad Team Novo Nordisk have been animating races throughout the season with their typically aggressive racing and have set their sights firmly on more of the same during the squad’s second outing at the Aviva Tour of Britain. Team Novo Nordisk boasts a roster consisting entirely of racers competing at the highest level whilst living with diabetes and aims to inspire, educate and empower people also affected by the condition.

Image credits - AP Sports Photography

Always Riding is delighted to have a front row seat with the squad via daily updates from 21 year old French second year pro rider, Charles Planet. Charles has unfinished business with the race after crashing hard on stage 2 during the 2014 edition and being forced to retire due to not being able to pedal after battling on for a further few stages.

Today Charles reflects on the return of promising sensations after the demands of the USA Pro Challenge and provides some insight into how the squad combine managing diabetes and race nutrition..

Stage 1, 6th Sept; Angelsey- Wrexham 177.7km

“I don’t know if it was because the pace was easier than I expected or if it was me, but I felt really strong today. My legs felt like they’ve recovered from the USA Pro Challenge and jet leg better than I expected. It wasn’t until the final 15 kilometers that the stage got hard. That’s when I started to suffer a little bit, mainly in the flat section. One place that I know I need to improve as a rider is in the finish and I could tell that again today. But overall, it was a good day for me and my legs. It really helped build my confidence and now I’m focusing on the next few days and hopefully will be able to do something at this race.

Charles Planet Tour of Britain

Image credits - AP Sports Photography

People are surprised to hear we eat and drink the same as the other teams during a race. The same gels, bars and drinks. After a race, like lots of riders, we usually have paninis or rice waiting for us on the bus. I think where we are different is how closely we watch our diet during training and races, but all pro cyclists follow health diets, I just think ours are just a little stricter. Food is important to how we manage our diabetes. We all wear a constant glucose monitor that helps us keep track of our blood glucose levels. Most guys keep it in their back pockets, but I usually strap mine to the stem of my bike. We all look at it often during the race. It tells me my trend if I’m going high or low. If I’m going high, I might take medication. If I’m going low, I’ll eat or drink something with carbs”

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About the Rider: Tim
Tim Bladon lives in Nottingham. He strongly suspects his chances of a solo victory in Il Lombardia are starting to fade and so seeks to distract people from this fact by writing about cycling instead. Tim has his own blog, Ciclissimo!
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