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Mere centimetres short: Nick Schultz’s agonising near-miss at the Tour

Mere centimetres short: Nick Schultz’s agonising near-miss at the Tour

When it comes to bike racing, glory and heartbreak can be mere centimetres apart. Just ask Nick Schultz (BikeExchange-Jayco). On Tuesday’s stage 10 of the…

Wednesday, Jul 13

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When it comes to bike racing, glory and heartbreak can be mere centimetres apart. Just ask Nick Schultz (BikeExchange-Jayco).

On Tuesday’s stage 10 of the Tour de France, the 27-year-old Aussie came within a handspan of claiming the biggest victory of his career. It was only a desperate bike throw from the more experienced sprinter Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) that denied Schultz a career-defining success in his debut Tour, the Dane getting his wheel in front with less than a metre to spare.

“I am really happy with second, but to be honest I am also really upset,” Schultz said after a photo finish was required to separate he and Cort. “It is not like every day you get to try and win a stage of the Tour de France.” The day started in frustrating fashion for Schultz’s BikeExchange-Jayco team with Luke Durbridge sent home with COVID. But with a tough day in the Alps ahead, and that day suiting Schultz’s characteristics, there was no time to dwell on Durbridge’s exit – Schultz was required up the road.

It took roughly 70 km of frenetic action for the day’s break of 25 to get clear, and Schultz very nearly didn’t make it.

“To be honest I actually had really bad legs today after the rest day, at the start,” Schultz said. “Luckily I had the boys trying to help me get in the breakaway. I just had to bite the bullet and try to get in there. I was almost worried once I […]

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