Paris-Nice - Magnus Cort Nielsen: I am happy to bring one more win to the team
Mar 14 2019 03:24 am CET

Paris-Nice - Magnus Cort Nielsen: I am happy to bring one more win to the team
Paris-Nice - Magnus Cort Nielsen: I am happy to bring one more win to the team
Astana

Astana's Magnus Cort Nielsen was part of the day's escape in Paris-Nice, which managed to survive until the finish line. The rider was the fastest of the group and took his first victory of the season.

Cort Nielsen, Thomas De Gendt, Giulio Ciccone and Alessandro De Marchi were the riders that survived from the day's escape and the Danish rider of Astana attacked in the last metres, leaving the rest behind. "It was not a real plan to do something in this stage, but for sure I knew this day could suit me quite well and from the start of the stage, I was up there in the front, following the attacks," he said.

"We went away quite early in the stage, I think after 10 or 15 kilometres we were already there with a small gap. At first, a group of riders attacked to create a small advantage and later me with four more guys were able to catch them. So, on the first climb of the day, we went clear. I felt quite good today and, in the breakaway, we managed to work well together.

The strength of the riders in front was a determinant factor in the survival of the escape and Cort Nielsen showed to have the better legs after all the climbs of the day. "There were a few really strong guys in our group, so I had to be attentive to all of them," the Dane explained. "In the end, after 200 kilometres in the break, you never know how your legs could answer in the sprint, so I decided to anticipate with an attack inside the final kilometre.

"It was a good move and I was able to take the win! I am very happy with this victory, it is my first win this year, but as you could see the team started this season pretty well and I am happy to bring one more win to the team. We still have some GC ambitions in this race with Luis Leon Sanchez staying good at the second place. He is motivated, and we will do our best to support him."




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