Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Groenewegen takes Elbeuf sprint in Tour de Normandie

The U23s have been dominating through the 2nd stage of the Tour de Normandie and De Rijke's Dylan Groenewegen extended the winning streak with a strong sprint victory on the banks of the Seine in Elbeuf. Groenewegen put on the afterburners and only Mamyr Stash of Itera-Katusha was the only rider able to stay relatively close to the powerful Dutchman while Brith Dan McLay (Lotto-Belisol U23) was the best of the rest in 3rd place, about 5 bike lengths back.

The day, which was cold and windy compared to yesterday's rain, started off with a breakaway of 3 including Clement Koretzky (Bretagne-Seche Environment), Laurent Van Den Bak (An Post-Chain Reaction) and Janis Dakteris (Differdange). Van den Bak took the KOM points on offer on all three climbs but was unable to unseat KOM leader Stef Van Zummeren, who was able to get a single point to keep a one point lead on Van den Bak. The trio was doing its best to stay away but with a flat finish, the sprinters were chomping at the bit to get a chance for some glory. Clement Koretzky attacked his break mates with 25 kilometers to go but when he went under the 10 kilometer to go banner, he was swept up by the peloton.

In the sprint, Groenewegen was clearly the fastest rider on the slightly downhill run to the line with Stash being the only one that was able to follow but was not able to come around and challenge. Groenewegen appears to be in fine form for the spring classics and is looking to improve upon his 2nd place in the Ronde van Vlaanderen U23 from last year.

Tom Moses was able to secure his yellow jersey for another day while BMC controlled the teams classification. The race continues tomorrow with a relatively flat stage to Argentan that will most likely end up in a sprint but with the cold and wind, you never know what can happen.

P.S. It is pretty shitty when your website gets a 502 error, especially when your a race website and the race is going on.

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