Cycling | 9 september 2017

Groenewegen wins queen stage Tour of Britain

Dylan Groenewegen has won the queen stage of the Tour of Britain. The 24-year-old rider from Amsterdam defeated Caleb Ewan in the bunch sprint in Cheltenham. It meant the 23rd victory of Team LottoNL-Jumbo this season, the seventh of Groenewegen. In addition to Groenwegen's stage victory Lars Boom successfully defended his lead in the general classification.

Today's stage was extremely wet. It was raining almost all day, which did not make it easier for the riders. Groenewegen saw teammate Boom race a strong course nevertheless. "Lars is looking strong. They continued to attack him, but he countered every time."

After the last climb of the day, it was Groenewegen’s time to shine. "I became second, third and fourth earlier. Winning today feels extra beautiful. The shape is getting better", Groenewegen said.

Lars Boom saw from a distance how Groenewegen won the stage. "I even encouraged him through our communication”, he said afterwards. "It was a difficult day for me, but I have been able to defend the lead. My teammates had to work hard for it. The fact that Dylan makes all that hard work shine even more makes it a perfect day”, Boom said.