Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thüringen: Roommates dominate stage 6

Valgren and Cort are two happy guys (Photo: Thüringen Rundfahrt)

It was teammates and roommates Magnus Cort and Michael Valgren who dominated the sixth stage of the Thüringen Rundfahrt on Friday with an impressive breakaway performance which saw KOM leader Cort take a wonderful stage victory after spending nearly all week attacking the hills.

Early on, it was Cort and Valgren, along with LKT Brandenburg's Jonas Koch, who started off the breakaway on the 2nd climb. Subsequent attacks brought out Frederik Ludvigsson (Sweden), Mike Teunissen (Rabobank Devo), Quentin Jauregui (BKCP), Patrick Konrad (Etixx-iHNed) and Simon Yates (GB). The Danes were trying to put race leader Dylan van Baarle under pressure as their national teammate Lasse Norman was only down 3 seconds on the Dutchman.

Cort was hunting the KOM points even though his KOM lead was already unassailable at the start of the stage. The break got a nice gap but Rabobank and Australia were present up front to help bring it back together for a possible sprint finish. While the gap dropped on the local circuit, they left it a little too late. In the final kilometer, the Danish duo of Cort and Valgren attacked the breakaway as the gap was only a few seconds and they pulled clear by three seconds to take the win. Behind, Simon Yates won the sprint for third as the break was caught by the peloton on the line.

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