Cort sprints to fourth place on the penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Vuelta a España winner Magnus Cort has quickly bounced back from injury to sprint to fourth place on today’s short penultimate stage in the Tour de Suisse

The 100kilometre circuit race in the centre of Schaffenhausen was animated by an early breakaway of four riders but eventually concluded with a predicted bunch sprint won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

With a change of plan decided out on the road, sport director Neil Stephens was pleased with the final stage result given Cort's ease back into racing.

“We started the day off with one plan and then went to another,” said Stephens. “During the stage Michael Albasini decided that he wasn’t really up for trying to go for the sprint result today.”

“So quite quickly Magnus, who has been improving a lot throughout the week, put his hand up and we thought it would be great for him to have an opportunity, so a few of the boys got behind him for the reduce bunch sprint finish today.

“To be able to come fourth in the stage after being off to a fairly slow start this tour, is a really good result for Magnus. 

“It shows that he has worked hard while he has been out with a broken collarbone and that he is a classy bike rider and it shows we can hope for good results to come later on in the year.”

How it happened:

The penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse was a different race to the previous days with a short 100kilometres circuit race around Schaffenhausen.

The riders completed eight laps of a 12.5kilometre technical and twisty circuit which saw a breakaway of four riders established after the first ascent of the main climb.

The leaders weren’t given much freedom, hovering in front of the peloton at two minutes for six of the eight laps.

The pace lifted with two laps to go and riders began to drop off the back leaving a reduced front bunch, finally regrouping with one lap to go.

With twists and turns for the remaining five kilometres, the bunch lined out with Cort, Carlos Verona and Rob Power in the group for ORICA-SCOTT.

In the end, Cort launched to fourth place behind the winner Sagan with Verona concluding the day in 16th place overall with one individual time trial remaining tomorrow.

Tour de Suisse stage 8 results:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2:12:50
2. Sacha Modolo (UAE) ST
3. Matteo Trentin (Quickstep-Floors) ST
4. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 8:

1. Simon Spilak (Katusha) 27:59:50
2. Damiano Caruso (BMC) +0:52
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-Jumbo) +1:05
16. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) +11:42

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