Dylan Groenewegen makes it two at Tour de France
Jul 14 2018 04:25 pm CET

Dylan Groenewegen makes it two at Tour de France
Dylan Groenewegen makes it two at Tour de France
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by LottoNL-Jumbo

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won his second stage at the 2018 Tour de France. The Dutchman was dominant at the final sprint of the eighth stage of the race.

The stage was 181 kilometres long between Dreux and Amiens Metropole over a flat route. Marco Minaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Laurens ten Dam (Sunweb) and Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) escaped early on the stage, but the teammate of Tom Dumoulin decided to wait for the peloton some kilometres later, leaving the other two riders to continue the adventure on their own.

The duo got an advantage of more than four minutes over the peloton and behind them, the pack continued riding uneventfully. With 16 kilometres to go, there was a crash in the peloton that included riders like Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates), Toms Skunijs (Trek-Segafredo), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo).

At around 10 kilometres from the end, Minaard was caught by the first part of the peloton and some kilometres later, Grellier was also reeled back in. With 2.5 kilometres to go, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) attacked but was caught by the pack some metres later.

Quick-Step Floors organised its train first and Fernando Gaviria launched his sprint at the same time with Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe). Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) joined them and Dylan Groenewegen came from behind, once again showing his good shape by taking the stage victory for the second time in a row.

Gaviria and Greipel got involved in a fight for a good position during the sprint and both were relegated to the last positions of the day. This left Sagan placed in second position on the day, and John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo) in third position.

Dan Martin arrived at the finish more than one minute after the winner of the stage. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) keeps the Yellow Jersey.



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