Sixth place for Cort in a fast and furious sprint finish to stage five Paris-Nice

Thu 9 Mar 2017

Vuelta a España stage winner Magnus Cort finished in sixth place today for ORICA-SCOTT in a fast and furious sprint finish in Paris-Nice.

The fifth stage was animated by a breakaway of six-riders, escaping within the opening 10kilometres and only returning to the fast chasing peloton with 12kilometres remaining.

With one and a half kilometres to go, the fast and powerful trio of Mathew Hayman, Mitch Docker and Jens Keukeleire took the race on at the front, dropping Cort off in good position to contest the rapid sprint, eventually won by Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was pleased with the day's showings and the full team commitment to the sprint leadout.

All the main sprinters where up there today in the final so Magnus did a great job to come sixth,” said Lapage. “The team did a great job to fight and drop him off at the front in the last kilometre.”

“When everybody is up there in the sprint, sometimes it is just the small details that make the difference, but we can be happy that the team did a really great job for Magnus today.

Cort was amongst good company to claim sixth place, proving his sprinting ability once again having already claimed two victories already this season. 

“We have seen Magnus can be up there in sprints already several times over the past months," Lapage continued.  "I think he is best when the race is harder and today the breakaway went, but the peloton took it a little easy to begin with, they didn't make it really hard.”

How it happened:

The final fairly flat stage ahead of the tough mountain stages saw a breakaway of six riders establish within the opening ten kilometres.

Axel Dumont (Ag2R), Nathnael Berhane (Dimension-data), Pierre-luc Perichon (Fortuneo)Remy di Gregorio (Delko-Marseille), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) and Federico Zurlo (UAE) worked well together to maintain a constant speed and ride out to a maximum advantage of seven minutes.

Various teams headed to the front of the group and contributed to the gradual chase, with the pace picking up in the final 30kilometres as the catch was eventually made with just 12kilometres remaining.

With a strong head wind and wide roads the peloton bunched up all across the roads with sprint teams widely spread blasting through the final kilometres. ORICA-SCOTT took the lead at one and half kilometres to go to position their sprinter.

The fierce pace saw Cort finish in a respectable sixth place with Simon Yates remaining in 15th place overall ahead of tomorrow’s mountainous stage.

Paris-Nice stage five results:

1. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 4:43:35
2. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) St
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto Jumbo) St
6. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) St

General classification after stage five:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) 17:20:02
2. Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) +0:33
3. Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar) +0:47
15. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +2:16

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