Dylan Groenewegen takes seventh stage at Tour of Britain
Sep 09 2017 04:26 pm CET

Dylan Groenewegen takes seventh stage at Tour of Britain
Dylan Groenewegen takes seventh stage at Tour of Britain
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by LottoNL-Jumbo

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain. The Dutchman was the fastest at the final sprint and took his first victory in this edition of the race.

The day's stage took place between Hemel Hempstead and Cheltenham over 185 kilometres. The route of the day included three climbs: two of the third category followed by one of the second.

The stage started with a lot of movement and several riders trying to escape, but for a while the peloton worked hard to keep everybody together. After 30 kilometres of racing, Jacob Scott (An Post), Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi), Steele Von Hoff (ONE Pro), Robert Power (Orica Scott), Dexter Gardias (BIKE Channel) and Russel Downing (JLT Condor) managed to escape and eventually created a gap of more than three minutes with the pack.

Around one hour later, there was movement in the peloton and a chase group was formed. Silvan Dillier (BMC), Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac), Reto Hollenstein (Katusha-Alpecin), Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), broke free and tried to catch the escapees.

With 35 kilometres to go, the front group and the chasers were caught by a fast peloton, but soon after that Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked and created a substantial gap of almost half a minute. The adventure of the German was over at the 10 kilometre mark but the peloton wasn't going to stay calm until the end.

Some kilometres later, a small group led by Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) attacked, but the pack was determined to close the gap and force a final sprint. Close to the last kilometre, this group was caught as well.

The first rider to launch the sprint was Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and his effort was strong enough to take the stage victory. Orica-Scott's Caleb Ewan came close but had to settle for second and Brenton Jones (JLT Condor) was third.

Groenewegen's teammate Lars Boom keeps leading the General Classification.




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