Magnus Cort wins Stage 10 of the Tour de France
The Dane wins with a perfectly timed sprint after a long day in the break
Magnus Cort has won the tenth stage of the Tour de France.
“It's unbelievable. I can’t believe what just happened today,” he said after raising his arms on the podium.
After a furious start downhill from Morzine, the Dane joined a large breakaway over the top of the second climb, the Col de Jamblaz. The group, which included his EF Education-EasyPost teammate Alberto Bettiol, quickly built up a great lead over the chasing peloton. Once they reached the valley leading to the final climb to Megève, Alberto went on the offensive, launching a solo attack in the shadow of Mont Blanc. As the Italian powered into the wind and forced the others in the group to chase, Magnus stayed tucked in their wheels. All the way up the final col, he stayed calm, letting the others cover the attacks once Alberto was brought back.
“I was on the limit for so long on this climb,” Magnus said. “Luckily I had Bettiol. He was really strong and was in front which meant I could sit on and save some energy. I almost lost the group a couple of times in the last kilometers, but suddenly it was all back together and I was there.”
Magnus waited and waited and then launched his sprint at just the right moment. He timed his bike throw perfectly and won the stage.
"I told myself, ‘This one is mine.’ I just had to take it, no matter the price."
“It’s huge. For me, my type of rider, it can’t be any bigger than this. This is what I can do, chasing stages and stage races and the Tour de France is just the biggest race. When we entered the runway, I could see that things were coming back together. I saw the podium and a Tour de France sign, and I told myself, ‘This one is mine.’ I just had to take it, no matter the price. I was able to take it in the sprint.”
EF Education-EasyPost sports director Tom Southam was ecstatic.
"To come out and do it today was super important for us, because we were really close in the first week and the boys have been really good," he said. "They’ve been with the best, they’ve done everything they can, and so to go in there now and do it was super important. When Magnus gets that close, he’s a winner. Even though they were 15 seconds down with a K to go, you can still win, you can still come back. And he sure did."