Dylan Groenewegen celebrates 26th birthday with stage victory in ZLM Tour
Jun 22 2019 03:19 am CET

Dylan Groenewegen celebrates 26th birthday with stage victory in ZLM Tour
Dylan Groenewegen celebrates 26th birthday with stage victory in ZLM Tour
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen has celebrated for the second time in this edition of the ZLM Tour and this time on his birthday. His teammate Mike Teunissen has climbed to the top of the General Classification.

The second stage of the Dutch race was 168.1 kilometres long between Etten-Leur and Buchten. A group of five riders formed the escape of the day and took an advantage of more than four minutes over the pack. Jumbo-Visma took control of the pace of the pack and managed to reel back in the escapees in the last five kilometres.

The sprint train of the Dutch team managed to put Groenewegen in a perfect position to launch his final sprint. On the day of his 26th birthday, the rider outsprinted Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and his teammate Mike Teunissen to take his second victory in a row in the 2019 edition of the race.

Thanks to the bonus seconds, Teunissen climbed to the top of the General Classification, while Jos van Emden fell to the second position and Groenewegen gained five places and sits in the third position of the overall standing.

"Winning is always nice", the winner of the stage commented. "After my crash yesterday, I was not feeling great. The team did a perfect job and brought me in a good position for the sprint. They had the stage perfectly under control. The lead-out was perfect and that gives me confidence for the Tour. The goal is to fine-tune the lead-out and this is the ideal race for that."

"Today's lead-out was of great class", added Teunissen. "People might say that this race is not of WorldTour level, but that is what makes it so difficult. The whole peloton wants to surprise you. Therefore you have to make sure that you don't get boxed in.

"We constantly stayed together as a team. I started the sprint and I saw that there was a big gap, so I continued the sprint myself. Of course, I would like to win the ZLM Tour, but the most important thing is that someone of the team wins."




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