Dylan Groenewegen wins third stage in a row in four days of Dunkerque, Frenchman re-punished for irregular sprinting


Dylan Groenewegen wint derde etappe op rij in Vierdaagse van Duinkerke, Fransman opnieuw gestraft voor onregelmatig spurten

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) has Thursday – after the first and the second – now the third stage of the four days of Dunkirk (2.BC), with the start in Laon and arrival after 156,5 km in Compiègne, won.

The 25-year-old Dutchman was in the third consecutive bunch sprint again the fastest of the pack. Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) was, as in the openingsetappe, second. Clément Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale), Wednesday downgraded due to irregular sprinting, was again restored by the jury. Again, because of irregular sprinting. So shoved Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) a rank on third. Roy Jans (Corendon-Circus) usurped the fourth place, just for Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert). Logically strengthens Groenewegen his leadership position with the obtained bonificatiepunten.

It was the riders from the Wanty-Gobert who, from the start, the pace settled in the peloton. The reason for this was that Tom Devriendt, leader in the mountains competition, went looking for additional points during the ascent of the first slope of the day after 5-kilometer course.

There succeeded Devriendt in, and immediately after this first slope pulled Jens Keukeleire, Elmar Reinders, Anthony Turgis, Nicolas Baldo and Dries De Bondt in the attack. They had a maximum clue of 2:55 on the peloton where the riders of Team Jumbo-Visma the pace determined. Just before the last climb of the day, 63 kilometres of the final stage, provided that Cofidis ensure that everything is re-integrated. The signal for Tom Devriendt to again three points to address in that last hump.

Stan Dewulf, Sjoerd van Ginneken, Yoann Paillot and Kenny Dehaes then withdrew in the attack. Also they sang it until the end. There, the riders of Jumbo-Visma. It was immediately clear that the third consecutive bunch sprint, a fact would be. In the last straight line was Dylan Groenewegen perfectly placed. And he made it again.

Friday the riders from one coastal city to another. The start is located in Fort-Mahon-Plage. The finish line is 179,8 km away in Le Portel drawn.