Dylan Groenewegen will make his comeback in the peloton in the Giro d’Italia. The suspension of the Dutch sprinter ends next Friday, on May 7, one day ahead of the opening time trial of the Giro.
The 27-year-old rider was supposed to ride again in the Tour of Hungary (12-16 May) as Jumbo-Visma announced at the beginning of this year a race calendar with several smaller one-day races and stage races for the Dutchman.
Chris Harper was initially on the startlist of the Giro, but the Australian climber suffers from an eye condition and so a place in the selection became available.
“We have decided that that place will go to Dylan,” says sports director Merijn Zeeman. “Dylan is one of our leaders, but has not been able to race for a long time due to his long suspension. We had mapped out a nice program for him that would allow him to return to the peloton in the shadows. ”
“However, due to corona, the Tour of Norway has already been cancelled and it remains to be seen whether the other races will really continue. With this solution we opt for more certainty, because after nine months without competitions it is the intention for Dylan to come back into competition”, says Zeeman.
“Dylan has worked hard for his return, but he has no race rhythm and will have to find his place in the peloton again after all the events. That is now a priority. With David Dekker we still have a quick man in the team, so we have several options for different situations. ”