"I didn’t have the best start of the season, I struggled a little bit" - Magnus Cort Nielsen makes emphatic return to form with Dauphine stage win

For the first time since moving to Uno-X Mobility, Magnus Cort Nielsen added a victory to his palmares on stage 2 of the 2024 Criterium du Dauphine, triumphing ahead of Primoz Roglic and Matteo Jorgenson on the punchy finale.

“It’s amazing. It’s a very big race here in the Dauphiné,” said the delighted Dane in his post-stage interview after adding a win at the Criterium du Dauphine to his previous notable successes at races such as all the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta a Espana and Paris-Nice among others. “Joining Uno-X Mobility for this year, I didn’t have the best start of the season, I struggled a little bit or didn’t get any big results and then I had an injury in Tirreno and was out for a long time. It’s amazing to come back and take a stage win here."

With the stage win, the 31-year-old also moves into the Maillot Jaune of overall race leader. For a long while in the thrilling finale, made even more exciting by the thick blanket of fog that encased the finish line, Bruno Armirail looked like holding onto a sensational breakaway victory. Despite the best efforts of the Frenchman however, he was eventually caught with just 200m to go.

“It was out of my control and the team,” Cort Nielsen says of the thrilling finale. “Because I was very much on my limit on this climb, it was going up in steps and on the steeper parts I couldn’t go any faster. But the team did an amazing job, pulling a little bit and also bringing me completely to the front because I could lose some metres and be at the back of the group once the steeper parts were done. They brought me back again and again and delivered me perfectly in the final."

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