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by Mark Zalewski
April 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Pais Vasco stage win; Boels-Dolmans wins Healthy Ageing Tour TTT; Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; In memoriam: Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Steve Tilford; Phinney out of Paris-Roubaix with concussion; Mark Renshaw fractures ankle in Scheldeprijs; Groenewegen laments Scheldeprijs outcome; More bad luck for Lotto Soudal with Roubaix recon crash; Lefevere still searching for sponsors beyond 2017; Axeon Hagens Berman riding strong performance in European racing; Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal; Cyclist uses M65 highway as shortcut; Watch ‘A Sunday In Hell’; Trek Crockett: SSCXWC and Sven Nys.
LottoNL-Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen is not having the best luck this season, as the Dutch champion was stuck behind the late crash during Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs. He said he felt ready to contend for the win after working out the issues following his team’s lackluster sprint performance at Paris-Nice.
“This is a wasted opportunity. It is a shame that we were not able to sprint,” said Groenewegen. “We joked beforehand that it is a course for a win or iodine. It has become that latter for most of us. The only luck is that I did not fall in the crash. I stopped so my sprint was over.”
Groenewegen has come close to wins multiple times this year, running second twice in the Dubai Tour, and two more third place finishes, but has yet to take the top step.
Team manager Andy Engels took some positives out of the race, saying that the sprint train to support Groenewegen was in place before the crash.
“They were good with three of our riders there and we were waiting to go at the right time. That’s a good sign, the timing is better than last year.”