Groenewegen wins Tour de Yorkshire opener

Dutch champion outpaces Ewan in crash-marred sprint

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) claimed a repeat sprint victory on the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, netting the race's first leader's jersey for the second year in a row.

The Dutch champion powered to the line, fending off a late challenge from Orica-Scott's Caleb Ewan, with Bike Channel-Canyon's Chris Opie taking a surprise third in the sprint ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).

With 30 kilometres to go, it looked as if Groenewegen was out of contention when the final climb to Robin Hood's Bay split the peloton into pieces. But the Dutchman wasn't the only sprinter caught out, and his LottoNL team, Orica and Cofidis worked together to bring the race back together.

"We knew the last climb was very hard, but the team were ready to bring me back so I could sprint for the win," Groenewegen said. "It was a good choice, and a good day."

The stage was marred by a massive crash behind the stage winners, with Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica) touching wheels and taking out Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin). Others such as Russ Downing (JTL Condor) and Yoeri Havik (Team Raleigh GAC) couldn't avoid the fallen riders and dozens hit the deck in Scarborough.

How it unfolded

It took some time for the breakaway to form on the Tour de Yorkshire's opening 174km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough, but after 15 kilometres or so the peloton let eight men forge clear, thanks to the presence of Direct Energie, the team of defending champion Thomas Voeckler, who were represented by Perrig Quéméneur (Direct Energie).

Also in the move were Kamil Gradek (ONE Pro Cycling), who won the first intermediate sprint at Pocklington, Ángel Madrazo (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), James Lowsley-Williams (Bike Channel-Canyon), Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport), Yoeri Havik (Team Raleigh-GAC), Toby Horton (Madison-Genesis) and Etienne Van Empel (Roompot), the latter of whom picked up the first mountains classification jersey, thanks to his wins at Garrowby Hill after 55 kilometres of racing and Goathland with 53 kilometres to go.

The breakaway was never allowed much more than three minutes but lingered most of the stage two minutes ahead of the field until Van Empel's charge for the Goathland climb shattered the breakaway.

Although Gradek fought his way back to the front to take the second sprint, he was soon distanced by an acceleration from Quéméneur and Dunne, along with Van Empel.

The Roompot rider managed to claw his way back to the leaders, however, and with 30 kilometres to go there were three riders away and still holding 2:18 on the bunch.

On the final climb at Robin Hood's Bay, Van Empel suffered on the steep slopes and had to let go of the leaders, and Quéméneur dashed away to take out the points as Dunne also was dropped.

Behind, Dimension Data set a furious pace in the peloton to reduce the gap, but it was Sunweb who put the cat amongst the pigeons as the bunch reached Robin Hood's Bay, with Soren Kragh Andersen going on the attack. The pressure reeled Van Empel in and reduced Quéméneur's lead to one minute.

The effort also split the peloton into three groups, with sprinters Adam Blythe, Dylan Groenewegen, Caleb Ewan and Nacer Bouhanni being left behind and having to burn important matches to chase back, which they did with 14.5 kilometres to go.

The peloton took their time picking up the two leaders, with Orica-Scott's Svein Tuft finally reeling them in with just 8.3 kilometres to go.

Cofidis had confidence in Bouhanni, taking charge of the pace with five kilometres to go, but were fought back by Team Sky and Orica-Scott.

The defending champion tried an attack on a rise with 3.6 kilometres to go, but Sky quickly shut down the Frenchman before being swamped on the technical run-in by Orica.

Cofidis re-found the front heading into the final kilometre, but an easing of the pace heading into the uphill rise to the line swamped the lead outs and in the chaos, a touch of wheels brought down a number of riders.

But the sprint had already opened up, and it was Groenewegen who muscled his way to the win just ahead of Ewan.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo4:09:38 
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott  
3Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling  
6Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
7Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
8Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
9Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
10Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC  
11Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great Britain  
12Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
13Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
14Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
15Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
16Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
17Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
18Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
19Alex Frame (NZl) JLT Condor  
20Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
22Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
23Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
24Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
25Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
26Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
27Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
28Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data  
29Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
30Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
31Ryan Perry (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
32Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
33Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
34Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
35Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data  
36Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
37Steve Lampier (GBr) JLT Condor  
38Adam Kenway (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
39Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
40Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great Britain  
41Robert Partridge (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
42Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
43Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Romain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie  
45Adam Hartley (GBr) Great Britain  
46Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
47Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
48Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
49Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
50Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
51James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
52Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
53Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
54Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
55Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
56Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
57Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
58Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
59Tristan Robbins (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
60Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data  
61Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb  
62Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
63Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb  
64Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
65Max Stedman (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
66Adria Moreno Sala (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC  
67Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
68Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
69Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
70Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
71Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
72Dexter Gardias (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
73Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
74Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
75Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
76Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:14 
77Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
78Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky  
79Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:27 
80Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:28 
81Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
82Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
83Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
84Jack Pullar (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:01:39 
85Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain  
86Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:51 
87Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
88Thomas Stewart (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
89Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:03 
90Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
91Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:08 
92Taylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison Genesis0:02:09 
93Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT Condor  
94Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:02:12 
95Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky  
96Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
97Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
98Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:52 
99Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
100Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
101Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor  
102Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:17 
103Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
104Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:47 
105Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
106James Knox (GBr) Great Britain  
107Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
108Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:01 
109James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:05:10 
110Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
111Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
112Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:12 
113Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo  
114Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
115Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
116Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott  
117Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:06:16 
118Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
119Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:07:43 
120Kristian House (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
121Frazer Martin (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
122Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
123Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
124Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC  
125Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling0:07:43 
126Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
127Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
128Mark Mc Nally (GBr) Great Britain  
129Matthew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison Genesis0:09:14 
130Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
131Matthew Bostock (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFYoeri Havik (Ned) Team Raleigh GAC  
DNFMax Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFTobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFJohann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
Sprint 1 - Pocklington - 43.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling5 pts
2James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon3 
3Yoeri Havik (Ned) Team Raleigh GAC1 
Sprint 2 - Whitby - 135.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling5 pts
2Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM3 
3James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo15 pts
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott12 
3Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon9 
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits7 
5Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling6 
6Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data5 
7Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij4 
8Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport3 
9Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin2 
10Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC1 
Mountain 1 - Garrowby Hill - 55.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij4 pts
2Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2 
3James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1 
Mountain 2 - Goathland - 121.0 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij4 pts
2Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport2 
3James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon1 
Mountain 3 - Robin Hood's Bay - 146.0 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie4 pts
2Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport2 
3Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij1 
Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo4:09:28 
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:04 
3Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:00:06 
4Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:08 
5Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:10 
6Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling  
7Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
8Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
10Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
11Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC  
12Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Great Britain  
13Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
14Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
15Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
16Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
17Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
18Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
19Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
20Alex Frame (NZl) JLT Condor  
21Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
23Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
24Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
25Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
26Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
27Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
28Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
29Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data  
30Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
31Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
32Ryan Perry (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
33Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
34Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
35Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
36Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data  
37Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Steve Lampier (GBr) JLT Condor  
39Adam Kenway (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
40Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
41Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great Britain  
42Robert Partridge (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
43Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
45Romain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie  
46Adam Hartley (GBr) Great Britain  
47Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
48Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
49Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
50Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
51James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
52Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
53Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
54Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
55Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
56Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
57Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
58Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
59Tristan Robbins (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
60Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data  
61Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb  
62Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
63Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb  
64Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
65Max Stedman (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
66Adria Moreno Sala (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC  
67Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
68Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
69Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
70Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
71Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
72Dexter Gardias (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
73Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
74Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
75Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
76Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
77Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky  
78Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
79Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain  
80Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
81Thomas Stewart (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
82Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
83Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky  
84Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
85Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
86Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
87Rory Townsend (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
88Russell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor  
89Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
90Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
91James Knox (GBr) Great Britain  
92Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
93Harry Tanfield (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon  
94Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
95Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
96Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
97Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott  
98Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin  
99Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
100Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
101Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC  
102Joshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
103Mark Mc Nally (GBr) Great Britain  
104Matthew Bostock (GBr) Great Britain  
105Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:24 
106Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:37 
107Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:38 
108Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
109Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
110Jack Pullar (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:01:49 
111Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:01 
112Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:13 
113Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:18 
114Taylor Karl Gunman (NZl) Madison Genesis0:02:19 
115Brenton Jones (Aus) JLT Condor  
116Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:02:22 
117Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:02 
118Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:27 
119Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:57 
120Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:11 
121James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon0:05:17 
122Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:22 
123Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo  
124Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:06:26 
125Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling0:07:47 
126Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:07:53 
127Kristian House (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
128Frazer Martin (GBr) Team Raleigh GAC  
129Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
130Matthew Cronshaw (GBr) Madison Genesis0:09:24 
131Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo15 pts
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott12 
3Kamil Gradek (Pol) One Pro Cycling10 
4Chris Opie (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon9 
5Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits7 
6Steele Von Hoff (Aus) One Pro Cycling6 
7Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data5 
8James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon4 
9Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij4 
10Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport3 
11Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM3 
12Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin2 
13Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Team Raleigh GAC1 
14Yoeri Havik (Ned) Team Raleigh GAC1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij9 pts
2Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie4 
3Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport4 
4Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2 
5James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Bike Channel Canyon2 

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