Cort tenth in bunch kick at GP Ouest-France

Sun 30 Aug 2015

Danish neo-pro Magnus Cort has sprinted to a top ten place at GP Ouest-France today.

Cort’s ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates placed themselves in a number of late moves to try to break up the race, but in the end the race came down to a bunch kick won by Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha).

"The guys really followed the plan and everything considered, top-ten with Magnus today was a good result,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said. 

“In Plouay, the most likely scenario is a reduced bunch sprint and that was what we were preparing for. Simon Yates and Michael Albasini had the freedom to go on the attack and Alba did a good move on the last climb, but there were too many strong riders left to close the gaps and keep it together for a sprint.

“Magnus got boxed in a little at the end, but he still managed to get a good result. We have quite a few guys who are on the up and today definitely bodes well for the upcoming races."

How it happened:

A small group of five riders formed the early breakaway of the day but were caught with over 40km still to race.

A second break launch shortly after with maglia rosa wearer Simon Clarke representing the Australian outfit.

Katusha pushed for a bunch kick and despite another last ditched effort by Michael Albasini, they survived over the final climb to bring a group of 70 riders to the line together.