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Groenewegen retains overall lead after Paris-Nice third stage

Groenewegen retains overall lead after Paris-Nice third stage

Dylan Groenewegen has retained his overall lead in Paris-Nice after today’s third stage. The team Jumbo-Visma sprinter, who won the first two stages, just came short in today’s sprint and finished ninth.

After two fast stages, today’s stage was relatively quiet. Apart from one single breakaway, little happened. Team Jumbo-Visma put Groenewegen in a perfect position for the sprint. “Today I didn’t have the legs and the punch to finish it off”, he said. “Yesterday’s stage has taken its toll. I had to give everything and I felt that in the final today. I really wanted to win today, the team did everything to make it happen, but I just didn’t have the power. I am happy that I have been able to win two stages already and that I can ride in the leader’s jersey for another day. Tomorrow’s stage will be tough. Perhaps a bit too tough for me, but we will see.”

Despite not winning the stage, sports director Sierk Jan de Haan was happy with his team’s performance. “You can’t always win. Today, Dylan didn’t have the legs to sprint for the win. This is partly due to the efforts of the past two days. But we are satisfied with the performance of the team. Especially when you see how they came back to the front when Team Sky tried to split the peloton in the crosswind in the final kilometres. In those kind of situations it is a matter of staying calm and riding as a group and that is what we did. We’ll go into the next stages with George Bennett and we have a lot of confidence. He got well through the first few days and he is in a good shape.”

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