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Drawn but happy: Magnus Cort Nielsen © ANSA / ZEN

Cort Nielsen wins extreme Giro stage

Magnus Cort Nielsen won an extreme stage at the 106th Giro d'Italia. In heavy rain and freezing cold, the Dane won the sprint from a breakaway group.

Over 196 kilometers from Scandiano to Viareggio, the Danish breakaway king took victory, ahead of the Canadian Derek Gee and the Italian Alessandro de Marchi. Former Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas successfully defended his overall lead. The Welshman took over the top position after world champion Remco Evenepoel from Belgium withdrew before the rest day due to a positive corona test.

The Bora-hansgrohe team had to give up co-favorite Alexander Vlasov on Tuesday. The Russian had problems right from the start and couldn't keep up with the pace of the field. After about 70 of the 196 kilometers to be completed, Bora announced that the Russian had given up the race. At this point, Vlasov was in sixth place overall, just over a minute behind Thomas.

Things continue to get tricky

The Giro continues on Wednesday with the eleventh stage over 219 kilometers from Camaiore to Tortona. On the undulating terrain, two mountain classifications in the third and one in the fourth category have to be mastered.


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