Cycling | 18 juni 2017

Groenewegen sprints to 2nd in Ster ZLM Toer’s final stage

Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to second place behind Marcel Kittel in the fifth and final stage of the Ster ZLM Toer – GP Jan van Heeswijk today in Oss, The Netherlands. LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic closed second place overall and Groenewegen took home the points classification. 


“Today Kittel was very strong, it is as easy as that,” Groenewegen said. “It was hectic in the final. I was able to get next to Kittel, but after a speed bump, he rode away a bit."

“We rode a very strong race here and I won two times. That is the confirmation that my form is good. Now it is time to get the last details right and we are ready for the Tour de France.” 

Groenwegen, looking ahead to the Tour, feels suited to sprints that finish on a slight uphill. 

“A fast sprint is also good for me. It all depends on timing. You have many good sprinters. He who times it the best and has the most energy in the end, wins.”

 “In a bunch sprint, it is all about the win and that was the only goal today,” Sports Director Merijn Zeeman said. “It is all about perfecting the sprint train for Dylan. Today, it didn’t work. We are going to evaluate this thoroughly. Towards the Tour de France, things like this are good and valuable. It was a huge fight, but compared to the Tour, this is nothing. I think we are doing better than last year at this point.” 

In the last stage, Roglic was unable to improve his position in the overall classification. “It might have been different if there was a lot of wind, but there was no wind. Primoz is going to rest and sharpen for the Tour. We have had a good week. We are full of confidence towards the national championship and after that, the Tour de France.”