Cort kicks Van Avermaet in uphill sprint to take Yorkshire overall lead

Magnus Cort tour of yorkshire stage 2

Magnus Cort (Astana) launched a stinging late attack to win the Tour de Yorkshire’s first-ever summit finish in stage 2.

The Dane came over the top of Greg van Avermaet (BMC) in the final meters, and now leads the Olympic champion by 4 seconds in the overall standings.

“It’s really a tough stage today and actually I thought the finish would be too hard for me,” Cort Nielsen said after the stage. “The team had big belief in me and I really have to thank them for supporting me.”

“I thought [Van Avermaet] was the man to beat. I knew I would be quick so I was just hoping for no big attacks and then I could open up in the final 150 metres,” he added. “We will try everything [for overall victory] – I believe if I can win here it’s possible but there’s still a long way to go.”

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 – stage 2 results (Barnsley – Ilkley):

1Magnus Cort (Astana)

3:25:34

2Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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3Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias)

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4Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)

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5Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie)

+05”

6Robert Kiserlovski (Katusha-Alpecin)

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7Michael Storer (Team Sunweb)

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8Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling)

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9Steff Cras (Katusha-Alpecin)

+11”

10Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

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General classification after stage 2:

1Magnus Cort (Astana)

7:33:41

2Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

+04”

3Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias)

+06”

4Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)

+10”

5Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling)

+15”

6Robert Kiserlovski (Katusha-Alpecin)

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7Michael Storer (Team Sunweb)

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8Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

+21”

9Steff Cras (Katusha-Alpecin)

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10Anthony Perez (Cofidis)

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