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by Neal Rogers
July 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Groenewegen wins field sprint in Paris as Froome becomes a four-time Tour de France champion; Kline, Rose take Stage 4 criterium wins at Cascade Classic as Mannion, Dragoo retain race lead; De Gendt ‘very disappointed’ to not receive Super Combativity award at Tour de France; Sunweb celebrates points, KOM jerseys at Tour de France two months after winning Giro d’Italia; Cavendish: ‘My career is over if I don’t let this fracture heal properly’; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 21 highlights.
Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) took the first Tour de France stage win of his career Sunday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, beating out Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) in the mad dash for the line.
A former Dutch national champion, Groenewegen, 24, came into the final right-hand turn second wheel, behind Katusha-Alpecin’s Rick Zabel after bumping Alexander Kristoff off Zabel’s wheel, and though he started his sprint at 205 metres to go, and though Greipel was quicker in the final 50 metres, Groenewegen crossed the line first to win the biggest sprint in pro cycling.
“This is an amazing place for the sprinters,” Groenewegen said. “To win on the Champs-Elysées makes it a perfect day. We’re only five riders in the team but it was enough today. They did a great job. They put me in a good position, on the wheel of Alexander Kristoff and then I rushed to the finish line. This is my first stage win at the Tour. When I was young, I was looking at the Champs-Elysées stage on TV. Now I’m the winner here, it’s wonderful.”
Chris Froome (Team Sky) crossed the finish line safely in yellow to secure his fourth Tour de France title in five years, 54 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and 2:20 ahead of Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale). The win — Froome’s first victory this season — marked Team Sky’s fifth Tour victory in six years.
“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Froome said. “The Champs-Elysées never disappoints. There’s something magical about it when you spend three weeks thinking of this moment. It’s just rewarding. It’s amazing to see my wife and my son again after several months on the road. Each time I’ve won the Tour, it has been so unique. All my victories are so special in their own ways. This one will be remembered as the closest and more hard fought of them. It’s a huge honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. It’s a privilege to be going for the record next year.”
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