Magnus Cort Nielsen celebrates in Tour de Yorkshire
May 05 2018 01:03 am CET

Magnus Cort Nielsen celebrates in Tour de Yorkshire
Magnus Cort Nielsen celebrates in Tour de Yorkshire
Photo of Magnus Cort Nielsen © Mary Cárdenas /

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) has taken the victory at the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. The Dane crossed the uphill finish line ahead of Greg Van Avermaet and Eduard Prades.

The second stage of the British race was the shortest of the current edition with a course of 149 kilometres between Barnsley and Ilkley.

A first breakaway was formed by six men and included riders like Ian Stannard (Sky), Patrick Bevin (EF Education First) and Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates). But the speed of the peloton was too high for the escapees and they were soon reeled back in.

The definitive breakaway of the day was formed not too long after and it created a gap of more than three minutes with the pack. Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis), Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), Tom Baylis (ONE Pro Cycling), and Gariokoitz Bravo (Euskadi-Murias) led the race until with around 20 kilometres to go only Rossetto remained.

The adventure for the rider of Cofidis only lasted a couple of kilometres while the peloton also suffered because of the climbs. With six kilometres to go, ONE Pro Cycling's Jacob Scott attacked from the peloton and created a gap, but the pack was not going to give up easily, particularly BMC who continuously increased the pace.

The rider was caught with around three kilometres to go and soon started the attacks on the climb. Serge Pauwels, Greg van Avermaet and Magnus Cort Nielsen seemed to be the stronger riders.

Pauwels was the first to make a move but the others stayed at his wheel. Then the Olympic champion tried to get away but was soon caught by Cort Nielsen, who crossed the finish line first. Van Avermaet was second and Eduard Prades (Euskadi Murias) was third on the stage.



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