Cort hails Craddock and sports director after third Vuelta a España stage win

MONFORTE DE LEMOS SPAIN SEPTEMBER 03 Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark and Team EF Education Nippo celebrates winning ahead of Quinn Simmons of United States and Team Trek Segafredo and Andrea Bagioli of Italy and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 19 a 1912 km stage from Tapia to Monforte de Lemos lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 03 2021 in Monforte de Lemos Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Magnus Cort of Team EF Education-Nippo wins stage 19 (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

One of the most drawn-out and exciting battles for a stage win on this year’s Grand Tours culminated with the same rider raising his arms in victory for a third time at the Vuelta a España. But Magnus Cort recognised that without the contribution of EF Education-Nippo teammate Lawson Craddock, that win might never have happened.

Cort proved the fastest at Monforte de Lemos of the group of seven that powered across the line a mere 18 seconds ahead of the bunch after a chase lasting for all but six kilometres of the very hilly 191-kilometre stage.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.