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Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the opening stage field sprint of the Eneco Tour. The Dutch champion not only added another win to his 2016 palmares, but an impressive one by beating Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
“I stayed on the wheel of Robert Wagner, and he kept me out of the wind perfectly,” said Groenewegen. “We continued on the right with the Orica train coming up. I jumped on the wheel of Caleb Ewan, but he was trapped. Nizzolo jumped, and I knew I had to take his wheel and I’d have a clear sprint.
“We worked hard and came to the Eneco Tour to win a stage. It is nice that we immediately succeeded on the first day. We have worked on this sprint train for seven months, but now we win at the highest level against the strongest sprinters. That makes this win special. “
The 184.6-kilometre stage itself was fairly predictable with the main breakaway caught at 10km to go. But the final few hundred metres were all fireworks with multiple riders vying for the win.
“This is a milestone for Dylan and the team,” Merijn Zeeman, the team’s sports director said. “This our first WorldTour win with this sprint train. The long straight road and tailwind made for an unpredictable finish. You don’t want to go too early, but you still have to go. Today, the sprint trains could not organise and tangled constantly.”
— CyclingHub (@CyclingHubTV) September 19, 2016
Today’s feature image comes from the 101st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen.