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After a controlled race on the Circuit of Zolder, Team Jumbo-Visma has not been able to compete for the stage win in the bunch sprint during the second stage of the Tour of Wallonia. Dylan Groenewegen finished in 15th place but maintained his lead in the general classification. Fabio Jakobsen won the stage.
The second stage was initially cancelled due to heavy rainfall in and around the start location of Verviers. A day before the stage was due to start it was announced that an alternative had been found to allow the stage to go ahead. The riders had to ride 120 kilometres in thirty four-kilometre laps at the Zolder Circuit. The stage also included three bonification sprints that counted towards the general classification.
The Team Jumbo-Visma riders rode at the head of the bunch for most of the race and kept the race under control. In the nervous final phase, Groenewegen was unable to sprint for the win. “Of course I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to sprint” said Groenewegen. “We now have to look with the team again to see how we can do better next time. The legs are good, we saw that yesterday. I didn't win myself, I'm happy that Fabio won the race. We both had a difficult time. We can only have a lot of admiration and respect for that. I'm happy to be able to race against him again."
"What worked very well yesterday, didn't work today," adds sports director Addy Engels. "The final was very chaotic and it was not possible to set up a train for Dylan, so he never got the chance to sprint. I'm also glad that Fabio won today, the day after Dylan's win. Hopefully they will win a lot together."