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In Birkenhead, Dylan Groenewegen has claimed his third stage victory in the Tour of Britain. In the fifth stage, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma majestically won the bunch sprint after a textbook lead out.
It is a fourteenth victory of the season for Groenewegen. It's already the 46th for Team Jumbo-Visma.
Mike Teunissen retains his fifth place in the overall standings while Amund Jansen is in eighth place. A time trial is scheduled for tomorrow.
The stage in and around Birkenhead was animated by a leading group of four riders who were chased down in the final. Groenewegen lost position on the final climb, but was brought back in position by a strong Jos van Emden. Jansen and Teunissen then brought their leader into an ideal position in the last two hundred metres.
"I am very happy with my third stage win,” Groenewegen explained. “This was a really good team performance and a great lead out. However, compared to the previous days I didn't have the best feeling. We had the stage under control and Koen did a lot of work in the chase. On the final climb we were not in an entirely ideal position. Thanks to Jos, we were back at the front at the right moment, after which Amund and Mike started a fantastic sprint. This victory is not only good for my morale, but also for the team. "
"We found each other just in time," Teunissen said. “In the end Jos made sure that we could start well positioned going into the final kilometre. Amund then pulled a strong sprint, after which I could ideally bring Dylan into the last two hundred metres. I just had to wait for my moment to go. Koen was very strong today and controlled the stage all day. This was a good day.”