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Groenewegen sovereignly clinches second season win despite crash

Groenewegen sovereignly clinches second season win despite crash

After the first stage, Dylan Groenewegen has also won the third stage in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. In Torrevieja, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma sovereignly sprinted to his second victory of the season. Things became a bit tense in the final after Groenewegen had been involved in a crash, less than fifteen kilometres before the finish.

For Groenewegen, the victory meant his fifty-second career win. It is his fiftieth victory as a member of the team. For Team Jumbo-Visma it is also the second victory of the year.

An early breakaway of six riders animated the race and got a maximum lead of three minutes. Partly due to the efforts of Team Jumbo-Visma, the leaders were taken back in the last ten kilometres. Groenewegen got involved in a crash at less than 15 kilometers from the finish. Due to some good communication and a swift response, Groenewegen rejoined the peloton quickly, after which the Dutchman rewarded the teamwork with the victory.

Afterwards, Groenewegen was full of praise for his teammates. “The team did a fantastic job today. Because of the good communication and the fast reaction of the team after my crash, I could return in the front of the peloton quickly. They brought me in an ideal position for the sprint. I perfectly timed it, after which I could finish it off for my teammates. Because of the crash, I had some gear shifting problems that prevented me from sprinting on my biggest gear. I am very grateful to the team, because without these guys I would not have won here today. My shape is good, I have had a good winter and I am already looking forward to the final day. Then we will have another chance. For now, it is a hundred percent score. Two sprints, two wins. That gives a lot of confidence.”

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