Dylan Groenewegen has again the leader’s jersey of the Tour of Norway (cat. 2.BC) in his possession. After a stage win on the first day dashed off the Dutchman of LottoNL-Jumbo on Friday to the victory in the third stage.
The early escapees managed egg so after the peloton by surprise in the undulating third stage, about 175 miles between Moss and Sarpsborg. The Dutchman Jeroen Meijers and the Norwegians Krister Hagen, Torkil Veyhe and Lars Saugstad emerged with a small clue in the last kilometres, but were still up for the sprint.
In that sprint was just as Wednesday is not a size on Groenewegen. The 24-year-old Dutchman, last year the best on the Champs-Elysees during the final stage of the Tour, was clearly the best despite the steep finish. He knocked two Norwegians: the winner of Thursday’s Edvald Boasson Hagen, the leader and cabin belonging to sondre Holst Enger. Pieter Vanspeybrouck was again the best Belgian, with a fifth place.
Thanks to the bonificatieseconden comes Groenewegen back in the lead in the general classification. He now has a second lead on Engen and Hagen. Vanspeybrouck is the fourth and seventeen seconds. The final weekend of the Tour of Norway general classification is still pretty on its head, Saturday and Sunday are the two hardest stages finished.