Dylan Groenewegen sprints to third victory in Tour of Norway
May 19 2018 11:54 pm CET

Dylan Groenewegen sprints to third victory in Tour of Norway
Dylan Groenewegen sprints to third victory in Tour of Norway
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by LottoNL-Jumbo

Dylan Groenewegen has won his third stage in the Tour of Norway this week. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider finished off the work of his team that pulled in front all day. Alan Banaszek (CCC) finished second, ahead of Kristoffer Halvorsen (Sky). With his second consecutive stage win the Dutchman extends his lead in the GC to 11 seconds on both Edvald Boasson Hagen and Sondre Holst Enger.

Stage 4 in the Tour of Norway provided another opportunity for the fast men, and Groenewegen already showed this week that he is the fastest in the race. As a result. His team LottoNL-Jumbo had to carry the weight in the 218 kilometre long stage between Kongsvinger and Brumunddal. In the final 50 kilometres, the riders had to take on a second and a third category climb, but the final summit was at 20 kilometres from the line.

Robert de Greef (Roompot), Adrian Kurek (CCC), Antoine Warnier (WB Veranclassic), David Boucher (Tarteletto), Louis Bendixen (Coop) and Torsten Traeen (Uno-X) formed the breakaway and soon had a gap of over three minutes. Warnier took both intermediate sprints, before dropping back to the peloton, leaving the other five out front.

The front of the race started the second category Gåsbu climb with an advantage of 2'40". Bendixen was the first one on top of the 7 km long climb, ahead of De Greef and Traeen, 1:50 ahead of the peloton.

On the second climb, that of Byflaten, the break was caught by the teams of race leader Groenewegen and home riders Edvald Boasson Hagen and Sondre Holst Enger. In the final there were several riders trying to break away, Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue Sport), Sergey Lagutin (Gazprom) and Pim Ligthart (Roompot) succeeded and got a small gap.

Israel Cycling Academy brought them back with less than 3 km to go. The sprint trains then lined up and for the third time this week and Dylan Groenewegen proved to be the fastest man in the race, ahead of Alan Banaszek and Kristoffer Halvorsen. The LottoNL-Jumbo sprinter already took his 8th win of the season.

By Siebe Kok



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