Dylan Groenwegen hopes that he will be included in the Jumbo-Visma team for the Tour de France next year. Competition within the ambitious Dutch formation is greater than ever.
With Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic, Jumbo-Visma has three classification riders. Moreover, the Tour course does not seem to be made for sprinters like Groenewegen.
"But my preference is really for the Tour, I want to ride there to show that I am the best sprinter. I think there are always six or seven real chances," says Groenewegen on Friday at the NOS .
"And then there are also about five stages in which it may very well be a sprint. If it is up to me, I will go to the Tour. And I will need my people for that, so that will be a little puzzling "
The 26-year-old Groenewegen came this year for the fourth year in a row in the Tour and booked one stage win, bringing his total to four. The Amsterdammer had his sights set on winning the opening stage and with that the yellow jersey, but due to a fall, that dream burst.
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"It bothered me more than I indicated"
His fall in Brussels had a major impact on Groenewegen. "I was much more bothered by it than I indicated there. I was in much more pain than I said. I could barely move my shoulder and still have a bit of it," the sprinter said.
"That crash just caused a lot of damage and my victory in the seventh stage really had to come from my toes. That makes it the most beautiful victory I have achieved so far and perhaps the most beautiful that I will ever achieve."
Groenewegen closed the season with fifteen victories - the most victories of the entire professional team - and signed his contract on Monday up to and including 2023 with Jumbo-Visma.
The 107th edition of the Tour de France starts next year in connection with the Olympic Games on 27 June. The traditional final stage to Paris, won by Groenewegen in 2017, is on Sunday 19 July.
See also: Cycling year in figures: Groenewegen and Vos most successful riders of 2019