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Dylan Groenewegen wins the first royal sprint in Dubai

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Dylan Groenewegen has the first stage in the Tour of Dubai (2.HC) won. After 167 km was the Dutchman of LottoNL-Jumbo in Palm Jumeirah, just the fastest in a bunch sprint, Magnus Cort Nielsen and Elia Viviani. Quick Step Floors with a third place, not rewarded for the work done. Groenewegen, of course, is the first leader, the race in the desert ends Saturday.

A belgian in the attack

The 22-year-old Nathan Van Hooydonck of BMC pulled up on his debut in the desert immediately on the attack with four riders: Mohammed Al Mansoori (UAE), Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk), Daniel Teklehaimanot (Cofidis) and Andrew Fenn (Aqua Blue).

Sprintersploegen in the chase

With Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani, Alexander Kristoff, Dylan Groenewegen, John Degenkolb, Giacomo Nizzolo, Sonny Colbrelli and Nacer Bouhanni is filled in Dubai, however, of germany: only Peter Sagan, André Greipel and Caleb Ewan are not there.

From the start, and maintained Katusha-Alpecin and Quick Step Floors also set the pace in the peloton and the five remained constant in the visor of the sprintersploegen. Without wind or fans was a low stage, it was Quick Step Floors that most of the work is recovered in the service of team leader Viviani. As the finish line approached, the pace is somewhat increased, leading to the inevitable bunch sprint, there also came.

Announced sprint

Andrew Fenn was last vluchter eventually apprehended on 9 kilometers from the finish, after which the nervous endures as a preparation for the actual sprint could start. Even on the wide roads turned out to be a trap unavoidable, without significant casualties.

The blue train of Quick Step continued to be mountains of work but it was Dylan Groenewegen that the finish, just before Magnus Cort Nielsen of Astana and Elia Viviani. Loïc Fly was the first Belgian on the tenth place, the top-10 were the expected names of Kittel, Degenkolb and Cavendish.

A nice start of the season for the 24-year-old Groenewegen, who last season in the Tour de France the race on the Champs-Elysées.


1. Dylan Groenewegen

2. Magnus Cort Nielsen

3. Elia Viviani

4. Alexander Kristoff

5. Nacer Bouhanni

6. Jacob Hennessy

7. Eric Young

8. Sonny Colbrelli

9. Andrea Peron

10. Loïc Fly

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