Third again for Cort on stage five at the Tour of Guangxi

Mon 23 Oct 2017

In form Grand Tour stage winner Magnus Cort sprinted to his second third place of the race for ORICA-SCOTT on stage five of the Tour of Guangxi, after making the split into the front group on a long rolling stage.

The longest stage of the race at 212,2kilometres and covering four categorised climbs started with a bang as attack after attack marked the opening 60kilometres before a breakaway trio made it up the road.

After enjoying a lead of over five minutes the trio were finally caught when the main peloton split into the closing 25kilometres before a front group of 70riders sped into the finale in the city of Guilin.

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) took out the stage victory, winning the sprint ahead of Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors) and Cort.

“It was a quite a long stage today, but really enjoyable racing,” said sport director Matt Wilson. “There was a couple of little climbs with around 30/40kilometres to go and they really spiced the race up.”

“Movistar decided to put the hammer down on the climbs and split the race apart which made for a really exciting finale. Coming in the guys did a great job again of positioning Magnus for the sprint and he executed it very well, but was beaten in the end by faster sprinters.

“We have no complaints, the boys rode well today and with third place it’s nice to get another credible result going into the last stage tomorrow.”

How it happened:

A fast start to the longest stage of the race saw numerous attacks attempting to from the breakaway including movement from Chris Juul Jensen and Jens Keuekeleire, but it wasn’t until 60kilometres later that a breakaway finally went clear.

Three riders held a five-minute advantage over the peloton at the halfway point with 105kilometres still to race and three categorised climbs to come and Lotto-Soudal leading the bunch.

The trio started to ship time to the peloton in the final third as the race spit over the climbs. A reduced bunch of around 70riders was caught the three leaders with 25kilometres to go with two smaller groups chasing behind.

Flying down the descent towards the finish in Guilin the peloton maintained a high pace into the last five kilometres with Lotto-Soudal and QuickStep-Floors driving forward.

A frantic sprint unfolded with Groenewegen taking the win and Cort claiming another third place to maintain his overall position on GC in 12th place.

Tour of Guangxi stage five results:

1. Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Jumbo-Road) 05:04:21

2. Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep-Floors) ST

3. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

Tour of Guangxi general classification:

1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudl) 17:13:19

2. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +0:06

3. Nicolas Roche (BMC-Racing-Team) +0:11

12. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:36

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