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Gallery: Cort bounces back to win second Vuelta stage

Robyn Davidson
27 Aug 2021

After coming so close on Stage 11, EF Education-Nippo rider goes again to win reduced sprint on Stage 12

EF Education-Nippo rider Magnus Cort schooled the competition at the Vuelta a España once again yesterday, sprinting to his second victory of the race on Stage 12.

Team BikeExchange clawed back a four-man breakaway in the final kilometre, allowing for an expected fast finish in Córdoba as the men in pink took to the front.

Cort’s lead out by Jens Keukeleire worked to perfection, a strong juxtaposition to the man who was exhaustedly weaving his way to the finish alone after being passed so close to the line yesterday.

Not bad for someone who once got his Vuelta victories through a promise of a date at the end by his then-Orica GreenEdge teammates in Backstage Pass episodes of old.

After the stage, Cort said, ‘We believed in me and the team wants to support me in these kind of stages. Today I was able to sit in the back and relax while people were fighting for the breakaway.

'Even though I felt it in the legs a little bit from yesterday, I managed to get over the two climbs and in the end Jens Keukeleire did a very amazing job delivering me perfectly for the sprint.’

The day began with a hilly route out of Jaén and the peloton scaled the Alto de San Jerónimo before the category two Puerto de Catorce Por Ciento.

As predicted, there was no major shakeup to the overall classification. Odd Christian Eiking of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux still leads by 58 seconds over Cofidis’ Guillaume Martin with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) ready to pounce 1:56sec behind.

The day wasn’t all plain sailing, as the Slovenian race favourite was caught up in a crash on a flat stretch of road during the first climb that also took out a few Ineos Grenadiers in the process as they came out of a corner.

Stage 13 sees no categorised climbs, marking it as lucky for the sprinters.

Here's the best of Cyclist photographer Chris Auld's coverage of the day's action:

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