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Dylan Groenewegen has won the first stage in the 4 Jours de Dunkerque in a sovereign way. The Dutchman perfectly finished off the work of his Team Jumbo-Visma teammates in Condé-sur-l’Escaut. His lead-out man Mike Teunissen completed the triumphal march by finishing third. Coming in ninth, Amund Jansen was the third Team Jumbo-Visma rider in the top ten.
For Groenewegen, who made his comeback to racing after six weeks, it is his sixth victory of the season. It is the fifteenth win for Team Jumbo-Visma.
The stage was characterised by a hectic beginning due to some echelons. After the regrouping, the pace was reduced and four riders were able to form the day’s breakaway. Partially, due to the work of Maarten Wynants, the four were caught in the last five kilometres. Groenewegen briefly lost his lead-out, but rejoined quite quickly. Teunissen then pulled hard, after which Groenewegen finished it off.
“We studied the last kilometre really well. We watched the footage beforehand, so we knew what was to come”, Groenewegen explained. “The final was very hectic on a narrow street. Due to a crash, I lost my lead-out, but I was able to return quickly. The team then continued to pull really hard. I’m glad I was able to finish it off. The fact that Mike finished third really tops it off. The beginning of the stage was not easy. After six weeks without racing you feel it in your legs.”