After 1st day of Race the Planet Ecuador Charlie Engle Sits in 5th

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          After the finish of the 28.4 mile stage one of the Race the Planet Ecuador stage race Charlie Engle sits in a comfortable 5th place 24 minutes back from race leader Ake Fagereng of Norway. 

           Starting in the shadow of Mt. Cotopaxi, a 19,347 foot volcano, stage one traveled west as it gained an initial 1,800ft and then descended down as it headed away from the mountain. Altitude was certainly a factor for many athletes as the course topped out near 11,500ft. Stage two will be another great and challenging day. Continuing to head west it will start out continuing a moderate descent before hitting a 6 mile climb reaching even higher than stage one. The stage will end at mile 25.4 after a quick descent from the high point. Stay tuned for updates from stage two!