At Dylan Groenewegen, after his stage win in the Tour de France, all frustration came out for missing the first yellow jersey. The sprinter fell in the first stage in the run-up to the final sprint, so that the opportunity passed him by.
The 26-year-old from Amsterdam of Jumbo-Visma gave a cry of joy, after he was the first to meet in Chalon-sur-Saône. He just left Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan behind. The difference with number two Ewan was minimal.
"I did not hide that I really wanted to win that first stage. There was a lot of pressure on me and if you fall then the disappointment is very big", the sprinter said shortly after the finish. "The previous sprint also did not go as expected, but three times is right to ship."
Groenewegen also had chances of winning the stage in the fourth stage, but then he still had too many problems with the consequences of his fall. "Everyone expects you to be 100 percent at the start the next day, but that is of course not the case if you hit the ground at 70 kilometers per hour. Then you need a few days."
The difference between Dylan Groenewegen and Caleb Ewan was very small. (Photo: Getty Images)
"Team did a great job"
On Friday, in the longest stage of this Tour, Jumbo-Visma put itself completely at the service of the sprinter. In the final kilometers, Wout van Aert was in front of the peloton for a long time, which meant that nobody could disrupt Groenewegen's train. He was then dropped off by Amund Grøndahl Jansen, after which Mike Teunissen did the last work for the top sprinter.
"I was quieter in recent days, really working towards this day," Groenewegen remarked. "I told the boys to take a head and they did it all the time. We just did a great job as a team."
The sprinter was shut in at 500 meters from the line. "Fortunately Mike found a little space. He almost gave his life for it. At 250 meters I just went. I saw Ewan coming, it was still close. I am very, very happy with this victory. With one win you done well as a sprinter. Now we look forward to more. "
The next chance for Groenewegen to win is probably Monday, when there is a relatively flat course on the program. The stage ends after 217 kilometers in Albi. On Saturday, the peloton awaits a hilly ride over 200 kilometers from Mâcon to Saint-Étienne.
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