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VUELTA’21 Stage 19: Third Stage Win For Cort Nielsen

Magnificent Magnus!

Vuelta Stage Report: On stage 19 the break of the day went all the way to the finish, but it was close. Of the seven riders from the escape, Magnus Cort Neilsen was the fastest out-sprinting Rui Oliveira (UAE-Team Emirates) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo). Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished with the peloton to keep the red jersey.

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The final kilometre of stage 19

Magnus Cort has taken his hat-trick in the 2021 Vuelta a España. In Monforte de Lemos, the Danish EF Education-Nippo rider was the strongest in the sprint from the leading group of seven men, who managed stay away from peloton. Rui Oliveira was second, Quinn Simmons third. Primož Roglič is still the overall leader.

Stage 19 Profile

Technical director, Fernando Escartín: “Mid-mountain Stage that crosses the Fonsagrada area, featuring constant climbs and descents, joining Galicia and the Principality of Asturias. This may be one of the edition’s clearest opportunities for a breakaway. The peloton will be exhausted following one of the hardest mountain stages and the two following days will not make it any easier for them.”

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Three stages to go…

The attacks started 2K out from Tapia

Stage 19 was 191.2 kilometres from Tapia to Monforte de Lemos with more than 3,000 metres of climbing, but with a flat run-in to the finish in Monforte de Lemos. The big question was whether Fabio Jakobsen could hang on to the peloton for his fourth stage victory. Primož Roglič was on the start line in the red leader’s jersey with only three stages remaining.

The first break of the day

Another crazy first hour of racing

From the start it was a big battle for the ‘break of the day’ Mikael Cherel (AG2R Citroën), Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH), Aritz Bagües (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Nico Denz (DSM) were among the first attackers, they were soon joined by other hopeful riders. The leading group quickly expanded to more than twenty on the Alto da Sela d’Entorcisa, the first climb of the day. Magnus Cort was first over the top, ahead of Fabio Aru and Lawson Craddock. The battle for the break continued on the Alto de Garganta, the second climb.

A lead group of 18 riders eventually got together

The second climb of the day, the Alto da Garganta

The big break of the day: Mikaël Cherel and Damien Touzé (AG2R Citroën), Jay Vine (Alpecin-Fenix), Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious), Pelayo Sanchez (Burgos-BH), Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) , Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Lawson Craddock and Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo), Antonio Jesus Soto (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ), Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal), Robert Stannard (BikeExchange), Nico Denz (DSM), Fabio Aru (Qhubeka NextHash), Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), Jan Polanc and Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates).

The green jersey, Fabio Jakobsen, was dropped but had his men with him

The lead was up to 1:43 on the first slopes of the Alto de Barbeitos after 60 kilometres

In the end there was an eighteen-man breakaway on the Alto de Barbeitos (Cat-3), the third climb of the day after 60 kilometres. Fabio Jakobsen had already been dropped by the peloton. The leading group never managed to get much more than 2 minutes. DSM worked hard to keep the group within range. When the difference fell to 1 minute, several riders jumped away from the break.

Nice day for a break

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Jumbo-Visma keeping Primoz Roglič safe

With 60 kilometres to go, Oliveira tried to go solo, but the Portuguese rider was joined by Touzé, Padun, Bagioli, Craddock, Cort, Soto, Roux, Kron, Denz and Simmons. In the peloton, Louis Meintjes had a bad crash with a couple of other rider, including James Knox. Meintjes had to abandon the race. In addition to DSM, BikeExchange also took the lead of the peloton. At 34 kilometres from the finish, the leading group was thinned even further. Simmons attacked taking Bagioli, Craddock, Cort, Roux, Kron and Oliveira with him.

Pedro Lopez Perez happy to be here

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The difference to the peloton fluctuated between 30 seconds and 1 minute. The seven attackers worked very well together and in the final kilometres it became clear that they would fight it out for the victory. No one could surprise the escape with a late attack, so there was definitely going to be a sprint from the leaders. Craddock led-out his teammate, Cort Nielsen, and the Dane completed the job perfectly.

The climbs were not going to be a problem for the GC men

Can the peloton pull the break back?

For Cort this was his third stage victory this year’s Vuelta. The Dane previously won stages on the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera and in Córdoba. He also nearly took the victory in the stage to Valdepeñas de Jaén, but the steep finish was too much to hold off Primož Roglič and Enric Mas.

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Vuelta’21 stage win No.3 for Magnus Cort Nielsen

Stage winner, Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo): “It’s really amazing. It’s a dream and I really hope I don’t wake up. I started believing only with 5 or 6km to go. They always kept us close. It was a really hard day. We didn’t always worked well together at the front and we had attacks that reduced the size of the group and then in the end everyone had tired legs and it was really hard to work well together on a hilly terrain. Somehow, we managed to hang on to it and I have to thank my teammate Lawson Craddock. He did a very amazing job and I literally couldn’t have done this without having him with me in the breakaway today. I think my first stage win [in Cullera] was the most spectacular. It was amazing to win on top of what I’ll call a mountain, because I’m coming from Denmark! That was a really special victory. But now, having three in the same race, that’s unbelievable.”

Cort Neilsen’s teammates Lawson Craddock was as pleased as the Dane

Overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s beautiful to have my family here. They are my life and I’m very happy. It was a hard day from the start to the finish. A super strong break went away. For us, it was fine, and we could take it easy. But La Vuelta is coming to an end so there aren’t much opportunities left. The sprinters’ teams pulled with a super hard tempo. It’s crazy [that this is my 50th Grand Tour leader’s jersey]. Hopefully I can keep it. I’m never good with statistics, so I’m always positively surprised.”

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Roglič safe in red

Vuelta a España Stage 19 Result:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) EF Education-Nippo in 4:24:54
2. Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
3. Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo
4. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
5. Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
6. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
7. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo at 0:05
8. Alberto Dainese (Ita) DSM at 0:18
9. Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10. Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
11. Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
12. Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
13. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange
14. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
15. Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
16. Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
17. Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH
18. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën
19. Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
20. Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
21. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
22. Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
23. Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
24. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
25. Aritz Bagües Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 19:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 77:49:37
2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 2:30
3. Miguel Ángel López Moreno (Col) Movistar at 2:53
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 4:36
5. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 4:43
6. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:44
7. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 6:02
8. Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious at 7:48
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 8:31
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 9:24
11. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 13:15
12. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 13:35
13. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 17:55
14. Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 18:03
15. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 36:19
16. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis at 39:14
17. Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 52:15
18. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 55:22
19. Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 56:56
20. Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH at 58:57
21. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:07:48
22. Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:10:38
23. Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates at 1:11:17
24. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) BikeExchange at 1:15:06
25. Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 1:16:20.

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