Cort Nielsen aiming to defend leader’s jersey in Yorkshire
May 05 2018 11:41 am CET

Cort Nielsen aiming to defend leader’s jersey in Yorkshire
Cort Nielsen aiming to defend leader’s jersey in Yorkshire
Astana

While most of the cycling world was focusing on the Giro start yesterday, another peloton fought for the victory in the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. Here it was powerful Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen who beat Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet and Eduard Prades in a sprint uphill on the Cote de Cow and Calf.

Cort Nielsen was happy with the win and the leader's jersey that came with it. Just like everyone else, he had to ride the full climb on his limit. The 1.8 km long climb averaging at 8.2% asked the most of the riders.

"Today was really hard and it was a tough climb to the finish line. I really had to turn myself inside out during the climb, so I’m really happy with this win. Everyone was riding on their limit on the climb, so I just closed my eyes and went for it, resulting in this win and in the race lead. The team did a great job today, and we will try to defend the leader jersey," said the Astana rider in a press release.

Defending the jersey will not be an easy task on the demanding and treacherous course through Yorkshire. Many small climbs, treacherous winds and a lot of twisting and turning make it not easy to control a peloton, especially against a specialist as Van Avermaet.

However, Astana's sports director Lars Michaelsen saw a strong team and hopes to keep the leader’s jersey. "The team did a great job of protecting Magnus Cort for the final. Oscar Gatto was bringing Magnus Cort to the first positions before the final climb. From that point, he took the risk and of course he had good legs, which resulted in this fantastic win. So after all a good team performance today, we’re really happy and we will try to defend this position."

The Tour de Yorkshire continues on Saturday with what should be a sprinters stage, even though the course is challenging enough for other riders to try something. On Sunday the race finishes with a vicious stage that contains no less than 6 classified climbs. In total, the riders climb 3.400 metres in this stage, which should be enough for a serious challenge to Cort's leading position.

By Siebe Kok




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