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Tour de Hongrie: Groenewegen sprints to stage 4 victory

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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team BikeExchange Jayco Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Yellow Leader Jersey and Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel Premier Tech Green Points Jersey during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) wins stage 4 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team BikeExchange Jayco Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Yellow Leader Jersey and Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel Premier Tech Green Points Jersey sprint at finish line during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) emerges from the shadows and bolts to stage win (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team BikeExchange Jayco celebrates the victory of his teammates Amund Grndahl Jansen of Norway L and Luka Mezgec of Slovenia R during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen celebrates victory with Team BikeExchange-Jayco teammates (Image credit: Dario BelingheriGetty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Samuele Battistella of Italy and Team Astana Qazaqstan attacks in the breakaway during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Samuele Battistella of Astana – Qazaqstan attacked late on stage, but it proved unsuccessful (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 LR Emil Dima of Romania and Team Giotti Victoria Savini Due Aaron Van Poucke of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise red mountain jersey Josu Etxeberria Azpilikueta of Spain and Team Caja RuralSeguros RGA and Toon Vandebosch of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix compete in the breakaway during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

The breakaway included Emil Dima of Giotti Victoria Savini Due, Aaron Van Poucke of Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise in the red mountain jersey, Josu Etxeberria of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Toon Vandebosch of Alpecin-Fenix (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 LR Iljo Keisse of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl and Guy Sagiv of Israel and Team Israel Premier Tech lead the peloton during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

QuickStep-AlphaVinyl at front of the peloton on 177km stage (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 A general view of the peloton competing cross the finishing line during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

The peloton crosses the finishing line during one of the circuits through Kazincbarcika (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 A general view of the peloton passing through a landscape during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Scenery on stage 4 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl yellow leader jersey crosses the finish line during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Second place finish on stage 4 kept the leader's jersey with Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning the yellow leader jersey on the podium ceremony after the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Celebration on the podium with one day to go for Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning the green points jersey on the podium ceremony after the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Fabio Jakobsen also leads the sprint classification (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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KAZINCBARCIKA HUNGARY MAY 14 Dylan Groenewegen of Netherlands and Team BikeExchange Jayco celebrates winning the stage on the podium ceremony after the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 4 a 177km stage from Kazincbarcika to Kazincbarcika tourdehongrie on May 14 2022 in Kazincbarcika Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Dylan Groenewegen of Team BikeExchange - Jayco celebrates winning stage 4 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco) won stage 4 with an emphatic sprint on Saturday at the Tour de Hongrie. He distanced race leader Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), who finished second on the stage. Rudy Barbier (Israel-Premier Tech) finished third.

Into the final corners, Team BikeExchange-Jayco and QuickStep-AlphaVinyl controlled the front of the field. Groenewegen launched his acceleration 300 metres out and exploded to the front to gain a gap to all chasers.

“The legs are really good all week, but the results were not there. Today we made a new plan. The team did an amazing effort for me. I’m really happy with my teammates that they could put me in a good position," the Dutchman said, earning his third stage win of the year.

"Two hundred metres before the finish, I had very good legs for the sprint too. I was going and I saw nobody. The whole team was really strong. I’m really happy."

Stage 4 started in Kazincbarcika for 177km, with three categorised climbs and three intermediate sprints that would traverse one big and two smaller laps to bring the race back to the northern Hungarian town for the finish.  

Just 20 kilometres had tumbled away when a breakaway of four riders had opened a gap of 1:30: mountains classification leader Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Emil Dima (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due), Toon Vandebosch (Alpecin-Fenix) and Josu Etxeberria (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).

Van Poucke scooped up all the KOM points on the stage, at the second-category climb in Farkaslyuk and twice on the loops over the category 3 at Tardona, to gain a sizable advantage headed into the final day.

The peloton did not let the break gain too much time, and brought them back with 23km to go and set up Team BikeExchange-Jayco for the win.

"It’s a really important win, it’s been a difficult season, we had two wins with the sprint train already but after that we had a lot of sickness and I also crashed [here], but today we had a bit of luck,” Groenewegen said.

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