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Groenewegen narrowly beaten in bunch sprint eleventh Tour stage

Groenewegen narrowly beaten in bunch sprint eleventh Tour stage

Dylan Groenewegen has finished second in the eleventh stage of the Tour de France. In the streets of Toulouse, the Dutchman was narrowly beaten in the bunch sprint by the Australian Caleb Ewan. With the Pyrenees stages coming up, Steven Kruijswijk remained fourth overall.

The stage from Albi was controlled all day by Team Jumbo-Visma. A leading group was given a maximum lead of three minutes and was reeled in in the last ten kilometres. Mike Teunissen started to pull early, after which Groenewegen was the first to start the sprint. For a long time it seemed he was going to win, but the Dutchman was outsprinted by Ewan on the line.

“Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Today I lost”, Groenewegen said. “Last time, I won by half a wheel, now I lose by half a wheel. We took the initiative early. I wanted to. I was in an ideal position, but I felt that Mike could no longer continue to pull a bit more, so I started my sprint. There was a lot of headwind. It is a pity that I came a few millimeters short, but that is also part of sprinting. I knew that when I started the sprint it went a little early. I couldn’t wait any longer either, because then they would be all over me. This is disappointing because I really wanted to win.”

“We took the initiative early as planned, and Wout and Amund were very strong”, lead out Mike Teunissen said. “We hoped that more guys from other teams would join us in pulling, but that didn't happen. As a result, I had to start my sprint at eight hundred metres from the finish. It meant that Dylan had to start his sprint a little early with that headwind. Unfortunately he couldn’t finish it off.”

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