Tour of Britain 2019: Groenewegen sprints to first leader’s jersey
Dylan Groenewegen powers to victory in Kirkcudbright. The Dutchman wins the sprint of the 1st stage of the Tour of Britain ahead of Davide Cimolai and Matteo Trentin. (Slideshow route/profile)
Results 1st stage Tour of Britain 2019
1. Dylan Groenewegen (nld)
2. Davide Cimolai (ita) s.t.
3. Matteo Trentin (ita) s.t.
4. Mathieu van der Poel (nld) s.t.
5. Ben Swift (gbr) s.t.
6. Boris Vallée (bel) s.t.
7. Trond Trondsen (nor) s.t.
8. Jasper De Buyst (bel) s.t.
9. Matt Bostock (gbr) s.t.
10. Sacha Modolo (ita) s.t.
GC after stage 1
1. Dylan Groenewegen (nld)
2. Rory Townsend (irl)+ 0.03
3. Davide Cimolai (ita) + 0.04
4. Gediminas Bagdonas (lit) s.t.
5. Dries de Bondt (bel) + 0.05
6. Matteo Trentin (ita) + 0.06
7. Mathieu van der Poel (nld) + 0.10
8. Ben Swift (gbr) s.t.
9. Boris Vallée (bel) s.t.
10. Trond Trondsen (nor) s.t.
Rory Townsend and Jonathan McEvoy are the first attackers, but they are brought back. Townsend is determined though and he goes again. Eventually, the 24-year old Irishman gets it his way and he is part of the breakaway with Gediminas Bagdonas, James Fouché, Jake Scott and Dries De Bondt.
The lead of the breakaway five doesn’t exceed 2 minutes. Scott takes maximum points over the intermediate ascents to become the first King of the Mountains in this year’s Tour of Britain, while Bagdonas sits up with 80 kilometres to wait for the peloton.
Fouché, Scott and De Bondt are the last attackers to be reeled in with 6 kilometres remaining before Groenewegen storms to victory on the finishing straight of Kirkcudbright. Obviously, the Dutchman is the first race leader.
Another interesting read: route 1st stage 2019 Tour of Britain.
Tour of Britain 2019 stage 1: route, profiles, more
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