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Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory in Tour of Britain opener

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Dylan Groenewegen returned to the Tour of Britain in style on Saturday, winning the opening stage of the 2019 race between Glasgow and Kirkcudbright in Scotland.

Groenewegen beat Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) to the line in the Dumfries & Galloway market town after a textbook lead-out from his Jumbo – Visma team-mates.

He moves into the green jersey of race leader going into Sunday’s second stage in the Scottish Borders.

“It was perfect; we had no help today so we did it all as a team. We rode very strongly to catch the breakaway and make it a sprint. I could take my own line; it was a very good lead-out. I was on the wheel of [Matteo] Trentin, and then I went full gas”, Groenewegen said.

“I’ll look at the road book this evening – I think tomorrow’s a new chance and I will try.”

Team Jumbo-Visma had worked tirelessly on the front of the peloton throughout the stage south from Glasgow city centre, with little assistance from other teams. Their work kept the day’s breakaway pinned with never more than a two-minute advantage, as Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), James Fouche (Team WIGGINS Le Col), Jacob Scott (SwiftCarbon) and Dries de Bondt (Corendon – Circus) toiled in the warm Scottish sunshine on the race’s longest day.

Consolation for Townsend was the sprints jersey, combativity award and a position second in the general classification thanks to time bonuses, three seconds behind Groenewegen.



Tour of Britain 2019 – stage 1 results (Glasgow – Kirkcudbright):

1Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

4:39:49

2Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)

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3Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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4Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

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5Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

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6Boris Vallee (Wanty-Gobert)

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7Trond Trondsen (Wanty-Gobert)

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8Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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9Matthew Bostock (Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes)

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10Sacha Modolo (EF Education First)

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Tour of Britain 2019 – general classification after stage 1:

1Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

4:39:49

2Rory Townsend (Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes)

+03”

3Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)

+04”

4Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale)

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5Dries De Bondt (Corendon-Circus)

+05”

6Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

+06”

7Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

+10”

8Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

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9Boris Vallee (Wanty-Gobert)

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10Trond Trondsen (Wanty-Gobert)

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