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Groenewegen conquers echelons to clinch second consecutive victory in Paris-Nice

Groenewegen conquers echelons to clinch second consecutive victory in Paris-Nice

An impressive Dylan Groenewegen has gloriously won the second stage in Paris-Nice. After a spectacular stage in the crosswinds, the sprinter of Team Jumbo-Visma was the fastest of a leading group of seven riders in Bellegarde. With his victory, Groenewegen extended his leading position in the overall standings.

Groenewegen also won yesterday’s opening stage, today he claimed his fourth win of the season. It meant the seventh win for Team Jumbo-Visma.

The stage over one hundred and sixty kilometres and a bit became a memorable stage due to the wind. Echelons were formed from the start. A combative Groenewegen was riding attentively in the front, together with Amund Jansen and Maarten Wynants especially. In the last ten kilometres, just as the first two groups came back together and Team Jumbo-Visma had the entire team in the leading group, the pack split again. The Dutch sprinter wasn’t surprised. He stoically did his part of the job and then sovereignly won the sprint.

Groenewegen was proud of his team and proud of himself. “Today was a very tough stage because of the crosswinds. There was a continuous fight for positions and a continuous racing at the limit. It was far from easy. The team did a perfect job and after the last corner they put me in an ideal position. I am very proud of my success and especially proud of how we rode as a team”, the stage winner said. “It was difficult at times, but my teammates got me through it. In the end, we remained with seven leaders. It was mainly a matter of waiting and to not start the sprint too early. When Trentin accelerated, I started my sprint and I was able to finish it off. Two stages, two victories. I am very happy. Tomorrow there is another flat stage and then we will try again. It will be a tough day again due to the wind but we are going for it again.”

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