A day of a big break, climbs, protests and a surprise stage win... But there was no change on the overall, although Lennard Kämna came within 11 seconds of taking the yellow jersey. The Danish KOM of the first week, Magnus Cort won the sprint in a close battle with Nick Schultz for the stage win.
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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.
A day of breaks and counter-attacks ended in a group sprint from what was left of the race. It was EF Education-Nippo's hero of stage 11, Magnus Cort Nielsen who out-sprinted Andrea Bagioli and Michael Matthews. Odd Christian Eiking held he overall lead.
Many thought stage 6 would be dull, but the final 20 kilometres on narrow roads through the rice fields was classic stuff, and this was before the sharp climb to the finish line. On the tough final kilometres, Magnus Cort Nielsen managed to hold off Primoz Roglič by a bike length for the stage win. Roglič is back in the overall lead.
Stage 16 was a tough day for everyone after yesterday's cold and wet stage. The break was caught and Remi Cavagna went solo for the win. He was pulled back with 3K to go and the sprint from a small bunch went to Magnus Cort Nielsen. Primoz Roglič was second on the stage and now has 45 seconds on Richard Carapaz.
Stage Report: Much like Saturday, Sunday's stage 15 break of the day was the launch pad for a second win for the Astana team in two days. It was Magnus Cort Nielsen who took the victory in Carcassonne as the peloton strolled to the finish over 13 minutes later. No change in the overall.