Dylan Groenewegen has won the Stage One on Tour of Britain.
This is Dylan Groenewegen’s 12th individual win of a year that has also included a stage in the Tour de France.
In the final 500m, Groenewegen perched on the wheel of the former European champion Matteo Trentin and the Italian’s wingman, before diving in between Trentin and the British national champion, Ben Swift, as they began their final push. He nudged left on the final sweeping curve to shut out Trentin before heading for the line with the Italian Davide Cimolai coming late to snatch second from his compatriot, all more than a bike length from the flying Dutchman.
Groenewegen is unlikely to extend his tenure in the race lead beyond Monday’s finish up Grey Street in Newcastle at the latest, and another Dutchman who most see as the overall favourite, Mathieu van der Poel, was not far behind in fourth. Not a pure speedster of the Groenewegen breed, Van der Poel stole a tactical march by placing his teammate Dries De Bondt in the breakaway, meaning his Corendon-Circus team could sit back and watch Jumbo expend their energy in the pursuit.