Stay Home Stories: George Bennett
In the column ‘Stay Home Stories’, the cyclists of Team Jumbo-Visma talk about t...
Dylan Groenewegen has started his season with a sprint victory in the first stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma was the fastest in the bunch sprint in Vila-Real. He is also the first overall leader in the first stage race of the European season.
For Groenewegen it is his third stage victory in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. In 2016, he claimed his first victory for the team in this race. Last year he won the final stage. For Team Jumbo-Visma, it is also the first victory of the season.
An early breakaway of four riders got a maximum lead of more than three minutes and was reeled in in the last ten kilometres, partly due to the efforts of Team Jumbo-Visma.
Groenewegen started his sprint from afar, but timed his final shot perfectly. He outsprinted his compatriot and national champion Fabio Jakobsen on the line.
The international victory king of 2019 is very happy with his win. “It’s always nice to start the season with a victory. As a sprinter, you feel the pressure to perform right at the beginning of the season. Then it is nice if it works out right away. That really takes off some pressure of me and the team. The team was very strong today. Due to my own fault, I started the sprint a little too far out. In the first race of the season it is always a matter of finding the right feeling and trying to find each other again in the lead out. Eventually I had enough space to sprint and I know I can get far. The first win is in the bag and that is a really nice feeling.”