Cort shows form and sprints to third on stage one of the BinckBank TourMon 7 Aug 2017
After a second place at the recent Ride London Classic, Grand Tour stage winner Magnus Cort showed his strong form again today taking third place on the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour after some great teamwork by ORICA-SCOTT.
A flat and rather pedestrian stage one played out much as anticipated with a four-man breakaway disappearing up the road early on before being caught with only three kilometres remaining by a peloton focused on the sprint finish.
ORICA-SCOTT had played it tactically very well, positioned near the front and in formation with both Roger Kluge and Mitch Docker ahead of Cort as the bunch split apart with two kilometres to go.
Docker was the last wheel for Cort as a messy sprint unfolded with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking a narrow victory and Cort finishing well in third place after managing to break clear in the last 100metres.
“We are really happy with how it played out today,” said sport director Laurenzo Lapage. “The whole team did a great job to maintain position going into the final, we were looking to do well in the sprint, but also mindful about splits and not losing any time on the overall ahead of tomorrow’s time trial and in the end we ticked both of those boxes.”
“Magnus is in fine form at the moment, which is great to see. He came straight in after a long and hard race at the European Championships yesterday and finished very strongly here up against a top field of the world’s best sprinters.
“We spoke before the race about the importance of the horsepower within the team and the guys really showed their strength in the closing kilometres. Mitch was very strong carrying Magnus through into the last few hundred metres and for sure we will get some more opportunities on the coming sprint stages.”
How it happened:
A four-rider breakaway formed immediately out of the neutral zone on today’s flat opening stage and quickly started to develop an advantage.
The peloton appeared to be content and after 60kilometres of racing the quartet were being held around two and a half minutes up the road with LottoNL-Jumbo dictating the pace of the peloton.
It wasn’t until the final 50kilometres that the gap to the leaders started to fall, dropping to one minute immediately as the sprinters teams began to rotate on the front of the peloton.
Stage one saw the inclusion of the Golden Kilometre ahead of the finale, effectively a one kilometre stretch with three intermediate sprint segments with all important bonus seconds available.
The peloton left the break dangling at around one minute until three kilometres to go before swallowing them up as the jostle for the sprint started to intensify.
ORICA-SCOTT were well placed on the right hand side and peeled off one by one before Kluge and Docker were left to take Cort into the final three kilometres.
A messy and fractured sprint unfolded with Sagan taking a narrow victory and the race lead as Cort kicked strongly into third place.
BinckBank Tour stage one results:
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 03:50:09
2. Phil Bauhaus (Team-Sunweb) ST
3. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
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