Dylan Groenewegen takes victory in ZLM Tour after accidented stage
Jun 21 2019 04:45 am CET

Dylan Groenewegen takes victory in ZLM Tour after accidented stage
Dylan Groenewegen takes victory in ZLM Tour after accidented stage
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by Jumbo-Visma

The first stage of the ZLM Tour finished in a bunch sprint that was won by Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen. Despite crashing in the last ten kilometres, the Dutchman was the strongest in the final sprint.

The peloton faced a 197.9-kilometre route with a start in Bredene, Belgium, and the finish in Heinkenszand. Four riders formed the escape group of the day and all of them were reeled back in at the last lap in the circuit of the course.

Very soon after, there was a crash involving Dylan Groenewegen but he came back to his bike and his team worked hard enough to take him back to the peloton. The Dutchman showed to have the better legs in the last sprint and took the victory in a tore kit, crossing the finish line ahead of Emils Liepins (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).

"It was a textbook sprint, but I would rather not have crashed," Groenewegen said. "But that is part of cycling. Luckily I only have some superficial wounds, nothing serious. The team worked very hard today for both the sprint and the classification. I have to thank the boys because we had to ride really fast to get back to the front.

"We did it at the right time and I was able to finish it off nicely for them. That is extra beautiful. This is a confirmation that after a hard altitude block we are heading in the right direction towards the Tour. The ZLM Tour is a great race to further fine-tune the lead out."

Jumbo-Visma's Jos van Emden has kept the lead of the General Classification and Groenewegen climbed seven positions in the overall standings and sits in the eighth place.






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