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Groenewegen sprints to second stage victory in Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen has claimed his second consecutive stage victory in the Tour de France on the French national holiday. After his impressive victory in Chartres, the 25-year-old sprinter of Team LottoNL-Jumbo remained cold-blooded in the streets of Amiens. Only in the last few metres he got rid of his rivals and won again with a great display of power.

For Groenewegen it’s his third stage victory in the Tour de France. It’s his eleventh win of this season and the twenty-second for Team LottoNL-Jumbo.

Groenewegen was perfectly positioned by Paul Martens and Amund Grondahl Jansen after Timo Roosen hadn’t been able to do his part in the lead-out due to a crash. Groenewegen perfectly timed his sprint and won stage eight in a superior way.

“This is very beautiful. We have worked really hard for this", Groenewegen said. “It was about fighting for a good position all the way. I chose Greipel’s wheel and when I saw him going shoulder to shoulder with Gaviria I thought: now is the moment. I have to thank the team for their trust and support. This would have never been possible without my teammates.”

Merijn Zeeman, Sports Director of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, was delighted with Groenewegen’s two consecutive stage wins. “In 2016, we started the sprint project around Groenewegen. The intention was to go for stage victories in the 2018 Tour de France. The fact that he has now taken two stage wins after having won in the Tour last year as well, is very satisfactory. Especially because we have further developed him into the sprinter he is today after his first year with Team Roompot. Dylan has developed himself step by step every year and this pays off now. Amund Jansen, Paul Martens, Timo Roosen, Tom Leezer and Robert Wagner have also played a major role in this whole project. Our policy is to develop and improve young talents. All resources and expertise are put into this and this is now paying off. We pay attention to all kind of details, from training to nutrition to equipment. Everyone within this team contributes to this. We’re all on the same page and that is necessary to keep growing.”

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