Groenewegen beats the sprint stars in Eneco Tour opener

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) claimed the biggest win of his short career in the star-studded sprint battle on the first stage of the Eneco Tour.

In a very confusing finale, he powered down the right-hand side to hold off a fast-finishing Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), take the stage win and move into the race lead. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) picked up four valuable bonus seconds with his third place.

With the win, Groenewegen takes the overall lead with a four-second advantage over Bouhanni and Backaert. However, he is likely to lose that position in tomorrow’s second stage which is the first key stage for the GC. The riders will tackle the 9.6km time trial in Breda on a flat course that is suited to the powerful specialists.

ENECO Tour 2016 – stage 1 results (Bolsward – Bolsward):

1 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)

4:14:00

2 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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3 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

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4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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5 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

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6 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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7 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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8 Andrea Guardini (Astana)

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9 Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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10 Roy Jans (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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General classification after stage 1:

1 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)

4:13:50

2 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

+04”

3 Frederik Backaert (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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4 Laurens De Vreese (Astana)

+05”

5 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

+06”

6 Matteo Bono (Lampre – Merida)

+07”

7 Bert Van Lerberghe ( Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)

+08”

8 Brian Van Goethem (Roompot – Oranje Peloton)

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9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

+10”

10 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

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