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Gallery: Cort in session again on Stage 19 of the 2021 Vuelta

Robyn Davidson
4 Sep 2021

Magnificent Magnus strikes again as breakaway holds off peloton by just seconds at the finish

Such has been his form that winning the stage really seemed to be the only option for Magnus Cort on Stage 19 of the 2021 Vuelta a Espana yesterday.

And EF Education-Nippo’s Cort duly did sprint to another victory in Monforte de Lemos to notch up an impressive hattrick of stage wins in this year's race after previous successes on Stage 6 and Stage 12.

Cort broke away with a large group in the opening kilometres of the stage starting in Tapia and had teammate Lawson Craddock for company before the category three Alto de Sela de Entorcisa.

After repeated attacks the leading group was eventually whittled down to seven riders. Craddock and Cort worked alongside Andrea Bagioli (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal), Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates), Anthony Roux (Groupama-FdJ) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo).

Their lead remained at a minute and a half going into the final 20km due to their cohesive efforts while Team BikeExchange worked hard at the head of the peloton be bring the gap down.

With the help of Team DSM they managed to narrow the gap to under 22 seconds but ultimately ran out of road to reel the break in. Simmons kicked first, launching his sprint with 200m to go, but Cort edged him out to complete his set of stage wins from all three weeks of the 2021 Vuelta as Craddock celebrated behind.

After two punishing mountain stages, a far gentler parours saw Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and the red jersey get through the day entirely unscathed. With a buffer of 2:30sec over nearest rival Enric Mas of Movistar, Roglič's own hattrick of wins – in his case overall Vuelta titles, not just stages – is now all but certain with just two stages remaining.

Here is photographer Chris Auld's selection from the day's action:

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