Cort spends second consecutive day in the break at La VueltaThu 7 Sep 2017
Dane Magnus Cort has spent his second consecutive day in the breakaway for ORICA-SCOTT at La Vuelta today.
The 24-year-old joined 19 other riders in the move that established after 50km of racing on stage 18, with Sander Armee (Lotto-Soudal) going on to take the stage win ahead of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team).
Sport director Neil Stephens admitted it wasn’t the original plan for the day, but praised Cort for supporting his teammates.
“We really wanted to get somebody in the break, we are still committed to keep on fighting for a stage win,” he said.
“Maggie was the only one that wasn’t meant to go in the break but he saw his teammates were in trouble and he put himself in there. Hats off to him, it wasn’t a great day for him, especially after being in the break yesterday. Once he was out there, we just had to see how it played out but it was always going to be difficult.”
Behind, 12th placed Esteban Chaves had a difficult day but was ably supported by his ORICA-SCOTT teammates.
“It was a really difficult day for Esteban,” Stephens explained. “Early in the stage he said he was having a tough day and from there it was just a rough journey for him.”
“He had bad sensations from the start, he battled through and really relied on his teammates and they did a fantastic job but he was completely empty.”
How it happened:
On paper today’s profile seemed handmade for a successful breakaway and as a result the battle was on early to be in contention at the end of the day.
After more than 50km of racing 20 riders, including ORICA-SCOTT’s Cort, eventually broke free and quickly grew out their advantage to over eight minutes.
With 60km to go their advantage was 13minutes and the fight to make the group looked worth it.
The climbing began in the latter part of the race, with Armee proved too strong for his counterparts to take the victory.
Behind, Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) attacked on the penultimate climb, but it was a move by Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) that gained a small amount of time on the otherwise relatively unchanged general classification situation.
La Vuelta – Stage 18 Results:
1. Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) 4:09:39
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) +0:31
3. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) +0:46
35. Jack Haig (ORICA-SCOTT) +10:59
La Vuelta – General Classification after stage 18:
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 72:03:50
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +1:37
3. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +2:17
12. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +11:57
Photo courtesy of TDWsport.