Tour de Yorkshire: Magnus Cort wins stage 2

Astana rider out kicks Van Avermaet in uphill sprint, takes overall lead

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) won the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday, prevailing on the hilltop finish in Ilkley. He beat Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) into second place with a well-timed sprint, while Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) took third.

It was something of a sprint in slow-motion, with the contenders coming to the fore late in the climb. Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) took up the reins in the final kilometre, before Van Avermaet flew past 300 metres from the line. But Cort Nielsen got his timing just a little better - enough to overhaul the Belgian and claim his second victory of the season.

"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."

Cort Nielsen is the new overall leader, four seconds ahead of Van Avermaet and six ahead of Prades.

How it unfolded

After a shock breakaway victory in Thursday's opener, stage two looked to signal the beginning of the GC battle. Three categorised climbs lay in wait on the 149km route from Barnsley to Ilkley, with the hilltop finish on the Côte de Cow and Calf (1.8km at 8.2 per cent) set up to give the race a new overall leader.

Along the way came two intermediate sprints - at Swinton after 41.5km, and at Scholes after 104km. The first obstacle of a lumpy day was the Côte de Blacker Hill (1.6km at 5.8 per cent), coming after 29km. Then, at 18km from the line, the Côte de Old Pool Bank (1km at 10 per cent) served as a leg softener ahead of the finale.

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) and Ben Swift (Great Britain) were notable names in the early break of the day, but they were never allowed more than 20 seconds during their 40km sojourn, with the peloton wiser after the events of stage one.

Fourth overall in 2015, Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) felt confident enough to launch a solo counter-attack soon after. He was later joined by Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi-Murias), Tom Baylis (One Pro Cycling) and Tobyn Horton (Madison-Genesis) as the peloton slowed up, happy with the break's composition.

The quartet worked well together, their gap topping out at 2:30 before the peloton began to up the pace. A mistake from the lead organiser's car didn't help matters, taking the break off-route and costing them over 30 seconds.

Rossetto was the last man standing from the break, swallowed up on the Côte de Old Pool Bank 18km from the finish. The double-digit slopes slimmed the peloton down to around 60 riders, with Jacob Scott (One Pro Cycling) launching a late attack ahead of the final climb.

Scott was caught 2km from the line as the red tide of BMC and Cofidis led the way at the head of the peloton. After a brief intervention from One Pro Cycling on the lower slopes of the climb, Pauwels and then Van Avermaet took command. But it was Cort Nielsen who came to the fore at the right time, launching to victory 150 metres from the line.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team3:25:34 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
4Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
5Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:05 
6Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
7Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
8Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
9Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:11 
10Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
11Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:13 
13Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
14Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
15Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
16Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
17Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:19 
18Max Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
19Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team0:00:25 
20James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain  
21James Oram (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
22Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:28 
23Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling0:00:31 
24Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
25Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
26Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
27Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain  
28Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
29Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:37 
30Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
31Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:39 
32Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis  
33Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
34Edward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
35Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
36Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
37Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
38Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:47 
39Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
40Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
42Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:00:50 
43Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling0:00:53 
45Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:00:57 
46Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:01 
47James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:01:07 
48Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:01:14 
49Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:01:17 
50Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:18 
51Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain  
52Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
53Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:30 
54Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:01:34 
55Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:58 
56Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:04 
57Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:08 
58Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
59Fred Wright (GBr) Great Britain0:02:14 
60Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling  
61Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling  
62Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
63Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:02:47 
64Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain0:03:11 
65Seid Lizde (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
66Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
67Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:03:36 
68Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:04:00 
69Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
70Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
71Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Club  
72Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
73Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:04:20 
74Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:04:27 
75Jacob Scott (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:04:32 
76Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:05:00 
77Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:09:27 
78Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
79Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
80Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
81Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
82Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
83Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
84Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
85Russell Downing (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
86Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
87Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
88Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor  
89Joshua Hunt (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
90Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
91Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
92Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
93Leon Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
94Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
95Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
96Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
97Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
98Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
99Dexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
100Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
101Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
102Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
103Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
104Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb  
105Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
106Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
107Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
108Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
109Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
110Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
111Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
112Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:46 
113Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling0:09:49 
114Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:10:13 
115Ben Walsh (Irl) Vitus Pro Cycling0:11:25 
116Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling0:19:27 
117Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
118Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Vitus Pro Cycling0:20:41 
119Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
120Oliver Wood (GBr) JLT Condor  
121James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
122Harrison Jones (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
123Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
124Sean McKenna (Irl) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
125George Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis0:20:52 
126Liam Davies (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:20:58 
DNFTom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFChristopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFEmerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling  
DNFNigel Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNFChris Opie (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFAlex Paton (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
DNFGrant Martin (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
DNFTom Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
DNFJake Womersley (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
DNFJake Stewart (GBr) Great Britain  
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team7:33:41 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
3Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:00:06 
4Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:00:10 
5Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:15 
6Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
7Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
8Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:21 
9Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
10Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:23 
12Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
13Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
14Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
15Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
16Max Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:00:29 
17Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
18Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team0:00:33 
19James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain0:00:35 
20Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
21James Oram (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
22Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:38 
23Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis0:00:40 
24Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:41 
25Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
26Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
27Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
28Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain  
29Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
30Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
31Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:47 
32Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
33Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:49 
34Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
35Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
36Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
37Edward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
38Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
39Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:57 
40Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
42Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:00 
43Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling0:01:03 
45Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:07 
46Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:11 
47James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:01:17 
48Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:01:24 
49Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain0:01:25 
50Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:27 
51Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
52Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis0:01:28 
53Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:40 
54Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:01:44 
55Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:08 
56Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:14 
57Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:02:18 
58Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
59Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling0:02:24 
60Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling  
61Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
62Fred Wright (GBr) Great Britain  
63Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:02:57 
64Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain0:03:21 
65Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
66Seid Lizde (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
67Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:03:46 
68Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:04:10 
69Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
70Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
71Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:04:37 
72Jacob Scott (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:04:42 
73Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Club0:04:48 
74Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:05:10 
75Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:32 
76Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:06:40 
77Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg0:09:18 
78Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:09:29 
79Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:34 
80Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis0:09:35 
81Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:36 
82Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:09:37 
83Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
84Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
85Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor  
86Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
87Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
88Russell Downing (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
89Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
90Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
91Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
92Joshua Hunt (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
93Leon Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
94Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
95Dexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
96Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
97Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
98Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
99Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
100Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
101Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
102Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
103Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
104Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
105Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
106Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
107Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
108Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:56 
109Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:09:57 
110Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling0:09:59 
111Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:10:23 
112Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:10:59 
113Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:11:12 
114Ben Walsh (Irl) Vitus Pro Cycling0:11:35 
115Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb0:14:39 
116Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:19:37 
117Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling  
118Oliver Wood (GBr) JLT Condor0:20:51 
119Harrison Jones (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
120Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
121Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Vitus Pro Cycling  
122Sean McKenna (Irl) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
123James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
124George Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis0:21:02 
125Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:21:24 
126Liam Davies (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:26:48 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg21 pts
2Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor20 
3Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team15 
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team12 
5Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling11 
6Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias9 
7Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis9 
8Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data7 
9Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie6 
10Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain5 
11Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling5 
12Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin5 
13Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb5 
14Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb4 
15Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club4 
16Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie4 
17Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team3 
18Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis3 
19Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling3 
20Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin2 
21Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team1 
22Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias1 
23Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias1 
24Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis8 pts
2Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team4 
3Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team4 
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team2 
5Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky2 
6Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling2 
7Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky2 
8Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias1 
9Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team1 
10Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
11Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team22:42:09 
2Aqua Blue Sport0:00:03 
3Team Sunweb0:00:37 
4Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:41 
5JLT Condor0:00:50 
6Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
7One Pro Cycling0:00:54 
8Team Sky0:01:01 
9Direct Energie0:01:06 
10Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:11 
11Madison Genesis0:01:14 
12Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:01:30 
13Great Britain National Team0:01:38 
14Rally Cycling0:02:09 
15Team Dimension Data0:05:18 
16Vital Concept Cycling Club0:08:03 
17Canyon Eisberg0:10:12 
18Astana Pro Team0:12:51 
19Holdsworth Pro Racing0:21:29 
20Vitus Pro Cycling0:21:33 

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