At Dylan Groenewegen, after his stage win in the Tour de France, all frustration came out for missing the first yellow jersey. The sprinter crashed in the first stage leading up to the final sprint.
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 afterwards. "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."
Even now Groenewegen had to find its way in the final phase. "I got locked in for a while, but Mike (Teunissen, ed.) Found a little more space. At 250 meters I just went. I saw Ewan coming, it was still close. But in the end I'm happy with this victory."
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