- Today was very hilly so there was a lot of climbing, a stage that doesn’t suited me very well. So before the stage we already said: we have nothing to lose and everything to win. At the end we didn’t win and didn’t lose anything, as we had 4 days of great racing behind us with a stage win and leading the GC. The team showed it’s strength during these days, which was great to see. The Grand Depart of the Tour is still some months away, but it’s good to feel that I’m already in shape. But of course I won’t stop working until then, but I’m already looking forward, - told Magnus Cort.
With the Queen Stage of Tour de Yorkshire as the final stage, everything could happen in the General Classification. With this in mind, Astana Pro Team worked hard when the first breakaways were formed. With six categorized climbs, the stage was a cruel one and with 90 kilometers there was a solo of Stephane Rossetto, who eventually made it to the finish line.
Behind him, a group of 10 riders were riding in front of the peloton. On the final climbs, the team of Greg van Avermaet attacked and created a gap with Magnus Cort, which at the end was enough for the overall victory in the GC of Tour de Yorkshire. At the finish in Leeds, Magnus Cort dropped out of the top 10, but with a stage victory he can look back to a great performance.
- First of all I want to apologize for the collision I had with the street furniture, riding in the first team car. We also apologised to race organizer A.S.O. and the involved marshal. About the race, with 25 km to go on the steep climbs, Magnus Cort didn’t have the legs to respond to Van Avermaet and Patrick Bevin. However, we had good teamwork all the way till the end and we are happy with the fabulous stage victory to Magnus Cort beating Van Avermaet clearly, on a uphill finish on stage 2,- said sport director Lars Michaelsen after the finish.
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