Cort comes close to second Vuelta a España stage win on Spanish ‘Mur de Huy’

Cort comes close to second Vuelta a España stage win on Spanish ‘Mur de Huy’


The Belgian Ardennes Classics feel a long way from the blazing heat of eastern Andalusia and the Vuelta a España but as Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) found to his cost on Wednesday the ultra-steep climb to Valdepeñas de Jaén, dubbed the ‘Mur de Huy of the south’ by local media, has a lot in common with its Walloon relative.

The last rider to succeed in winning on the Mur de Huy ahead of the pack now dates as far back as Igor Astarloa in 2003, regrettably for Cort, it was entirely in keeping with that Ardennes Classics formula that his gutsy stage 11 lone move was also swallowed up by the favourites within sight of the line.



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