Tour de Yorkshire: Groenewegen powers to victory in opening stage

LottoNl-Jumbo sprinter beats Ewan and Arndt

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) took victory on the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, getting the better of a boxed-in Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) in the sprint finish in Settle.

The Dutchman, whose teammates had shut down a solo move from Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) just ahead of the flamme rouge, went left as he came round Niklas Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) – who finished third – to open his sprint, leaving the young Australian Ewan with no room to get round.

Groenewegen pulled on the first blue leader’s jersey of the 2016 race for his efforts and, thanks to bonus seconds, he leads the overall by four seconds over Ewan ahead of the repeat sprint showdown expected on Saturday.

“It was very good lead-out from my team. It was perfect; the last corner I took the lead and I could hold it to the finish. I’m very happy with this win, it’s very good for me and the team,” said Groenewegen.

“I think not,” he said when asked if there was any chance bonus seconds could help him mount a bid for the overall. “I go for it tomorrow then Sunday it’s for Steven [Kruijswijk] and Primoz [Roglic].”

The north of England served up its unique cocktail of hills, grippy roads and grim weather on the 183km trip from Beverley to Settle. Despite the adverse conditions, with driving rain and winds of around 35km/h, and headwind for the most part, it was a relatively contained affair.

Six riders went up the road early on and they were kept on a four-minute leash for much of the day thanks mostly to the efforts of Team Sky, who only had Danny van Poppel’s sixth place to show for it. Once on the final circuit inside the final 15km, the French duo of Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) enjoyed a few kilometres solo, before Cummings launched his threatening late move, but there were enough teams and numbers to ensure the bunch sprint.

How it happened

Almost as soon as the flag had dropped, so had many of the riders. There was a big crash in the early stages and though no one was seriously affected, a group of breakaway hopefuls managed to forge clear before order had been restored.

Jens Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Pete Williams (One Pro Cycling), Sebastian Mora (Raleigh GAC), Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genisis), Nils Politt (Katusha), Graham Briggs (JLT Condor) were the escape artists and they soon had four minutes as Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) was sent to the front to assume policing duties, and he stayed there for some time.

He was joined by teammate Xavier Xandio and later by Orica’s King Lok Cheung, and it was a big effort just to keep things under control, with the peloton strung out into a line as the riders battled a 34km/h headwind and driving rain. Bernard Eisel was an increasingly prominent figure at the front in the final 100km as riders grappled with gilets and rain jackets in the ever-changing conditions.

With 70km to go, Wallays, Williams and Politt used the rolling terrain to dispose of their breakaway companions and they battled it out for the KOM points on the Côte de Greenhow Hill – where Williams came out on top convincingly. After that, though, they were brought back by the bunch and, after a couple of counter attacks, it was all together and under control in the last 30km

At the intermediate sprint in Giggleswick, Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) attacked in search of three relatively easy bonus seconds but he was followed and passed by compatriot Anthony Turgis (Cofidis). That duo then enjoyed a tailwind as they managed to hold of the bunch into the final 5km but it was Cummings who then rolled the dice. After a few moments of hesitation and panic, Lotto brought him back under the flamme rouge and put Groenewgen in a good position for the sprint. They were brought back but Steve Cummings was already on the attack and he rolled the dice. He had a handful of seconds going into the final couple of kilometres and after a moment of panic, LottoNL-Jumbo turned up the pace and brought it back together underneath the flamme rouge.

Karol Domagalski (ONE Pro) led it out but Groenewegen came past from third with a strong surge of pace. Ewan, the pre-race favourite, was on his wheel and will be left to wonder what might have been if he’d had space to take on the Dutchman.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo5:09:11 
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
3Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
4Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky  
6Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
7Christopher Lawless (GBr) JLT Condor  
8Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
9Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
10Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
11Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
12Magnus Cort (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
13Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge  
14Tom Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis  
15Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Team Raleigh–GAC  
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
17Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
18Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor  
19Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
20Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
22Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
23Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
24Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
25Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
26Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
27Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
28Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
29Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
30Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky  
31Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
32Wesley Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
33Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
34Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
35Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
36Ian Bibby (GBr) NFTO  
37Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
38Lars van der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
39Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha  
40Steve Lampier (GBr) JLT Condor  
41James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) NFTO  
42Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
43Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
45Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
47Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
48Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha  
49Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh–GAC  
50Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh–GAC  
51Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
52Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha  
53Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
55Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
56Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
57Gruffudd Lewis (GBr) Madison Genesis  
58Matt Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
59Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
60Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
61Edmund Bradbury (GBr) NFTO  
62Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
63Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
64Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
65Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO  
66Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
67Alexandre Blain (GBr) Madison Genesis  
68Aimé Degendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
69Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
70Conor Dunne (Irl) JLT Condor  
71Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
72Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
73Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74Jérémy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
75Martin Mortensen (Den) ONE Pro Cycling  
76James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
77Tom Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
78Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
79Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
80Stephen Williams (GBr) JLT Condor  
81Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
82Rhys Lloyd (GBr) NFTO  
83Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:00:26 
84Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:32 
85Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:36 
86Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:00:38 
87Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha0:00:46 
88Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:11 
89Joshua Edmondson (GBr) NFTO0:01:12 
90Adria Moreno Sala (Spa) Team Raleigh–GAC  
91Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
92Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:01:20 
93Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:23 
94Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
95Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh–GAC0:01:38 
96Tristan Robbins (GBr) Madison Genesis  
97Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:55 
98Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
99Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
100Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha  
101Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) NFTO  
102Robert Partridge (GBr) NFTO  
103Sam Lowe (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
104Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
105Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:03:12 
106Sebastian Mora (Spa) Team Raleigh–GAC  
107Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Great Britain  
108Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:04:24 
109Xabier Zandio (Spa) Team Sky0:05:43 
110Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
111King Lok Cheung (HKg) Orica-GreenEdge  
112Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
113Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
114Chris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
115Taylor Gunman (NZl) Madison Genesis0:06:34 
116Grant Ferguson (GBr) Great Britain0:08:26 
117Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:10:44 
118Michael O'Loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS  
119Marc De Maar (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
120André Looij (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
121Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
122George Pym (GBr) Team Raleigh–GAC  
123Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain  
124Matt Cronshaw (GBr) Madison Genesis  
125Iain Paton (GBr) Great Britain0:12:14 
126Joseph Fry (GBr) Great Britain0:14:33 
127Mark Stewart (GBr) Great Britain0:16:38 
128Daniel Patten (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
129Barry Markus (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:19:16 
130Richard Hepworth (GBr) Team Raleigh–GAC0:20:14 
131Ruben Pols (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
132Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
133Khalid Ibrahim (GBr) Great Britain0:21:31 
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFBradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
DNFScott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
DNFNick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFJulien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFSven Erik Byström (Nor) Team Katusha  

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