Groenewegen powers to victory in Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Dylan Groenewegen got his WorldTour career off to the best possible start as he won the first sprint he has contested as a LottoNL-Jumbo rider. The Dutchman came out on top in the bunch kick on the third stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana as he beat Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in a photo finish, with Alexander Porsev (Katusha) completing the podium. Wout Poels (Sky) defended the lead.

Soupe and Laporte delivered Bouhanni in the perfect position while Dennis van Winden did an impressive job to drop Groenewegen off on Bouhanni’s wheel in the U-turn 660m from the line. Bouhanni and Groenewegen started their sprint at the same time and were extremely equally matched as they stayed side by side all the way to the line.

A few moments of nervous waiting followed but Groenewegen was finally declared the winner in a photo finish. Alexander Porsev (Katusha) and Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) were close to the win too but had to settle for third and fourth respectively after the Belgian had been boxed towards the barriers.

Wout Poels (Sky) finished safely in the bunch and so defended his 15-second advantage over Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). He will try to defend his position in the queen stage which is an undulating affair. Three smaller climbs will be used as a warm-up for the big final challenge of the brutally steep Xorret del Cati which averages more than 9% and includes sections of more than 22% before summiting just 2.1km from the line.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2016 – stage 3 results:

1 Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Jumbo) 4:04:12
2 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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3 Alexander Porsev (Katusha)

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4 Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep)

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5 Raymond Kreder (Roompot Oranje)

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6 Jonas Van Genechten (IAM)

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7 Albert Torres (Spain)

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8 Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani)

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9 Filippo Fortin (GM Europa Ovini)

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10 Giorgio Bocchiola (d’Amico-Bottechia)

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