Vuelta a España
Stage 18: Requena to Gandía - Stage Details

ORICA-BikeExchange sealed their third stage victory at this year’s Vuelta a Espana today with 23-year-old Magnus Cort sprinting to a magnificent win on stage 18 in the Dane's first appearance at a GrandTour.

A windy, yet mainly uneventful, stage saw an early breakaway of five riders develop a maximum lead of seven minutes before the controlled peloton made the catch with ten kilometres left to race.

ORICA-BikeExchange moved determinedly up the field as the battle for position began and it was Cort who exploded out of the bunch to take his first win for the team after jumping to the left and accelerating brilliantly to the line.

“It’s really fantastic, a big dream come true,” said Cort at the finish. “Our main goal at the moment is the general classification and protecting Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates, but every now and again we get the opportunity to give it a try.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 4:54:31
2 Nikias Arndt (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin ST
3 Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) - BMC Racing Team ST
4 Daniele Bennati (ITA) - Tinkoff Team ST
5 Jonas Vangenechten (BEL) - IAM Cycling ST
6 Kiel Reijnen (USA) - Trek-Segafredo ST
7 Michael Schwarzmann (GER) - Bora-Argon 18 ST
8 Gianni Meersman (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
9 Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) - Dimension Data ST
10 Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) - FDJ ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 4:54:31
29 Esteban Chaves (Col) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
36 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
43 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
74 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:00:15
75 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:00:15
105 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:14
137 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:03:27
160 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:05:32