Tour de France - Dylan Groenewegen: It was a close finish, but I am very happy with this victory
Jul 13 2019 12:44 am CET

Tour de France - Dylan Groenewegen:  It was a close finish, but I am very happy with this victory
Tour de France - Dylan Groenewegen:  It was a close finish, but I am very happy with this victory
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by Jumbo-Visma

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) has taken his first stage victory at the 2019 edition of the Tour de France. The rider was the fastest at the final sprint and finally could raise his arms at the finish line.

The Dutch rider had targetted the first stage of the race, which also would have given him the Yellow Jersey. But a crash in the last kilometres stopped that from happening and gave the rider some injuries that prevented him from performing at a top level in other fast finishes.

At the end of the seventh stage, the rider could take revenge and was able to celebrate the victory that he was looking for. "It was not the start of the Tour that I had hoped," said the rider to Dutch broadcaster NOS. "I don't have to hide that I wanted to win on the first day and take the Yellow Jersey. But then you fall. That was a big disappointment for myself.

"I couldn't sprint again right away, I wasn't good enough. If you hit the ground at 70 kilometres per hour, you need a few days."

But all that changed on the seventh day of competition. "Today I felt good," he explained. I was locked in at 500 metres from the finish. Fortunately, Mike (Teunissen) was able to make a little space for me despite his crash at the start of the stage. I just went all-in at 250 metres. It was a close finish, I saw Caleb Ewan coming. But I am very happy with this victory. Third time's a charm."







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