CHALON SUR SAONE, France (Reuters) – Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen put his nightmare of a Excursion de France get started at the back of him when he gained the 7th degree in a host dash after a pancake-flat 230 km journey from Belfort on Friday.
Biking – Excursion de France – The 230-km Degree 7 from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone – July 12, 2019 – Crew Jumbo-Visma rider Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands celebrates profitable the degree at the podium. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
The Jumbo-Visma rider, who crashed closely within the opening degree in Brussels, beat Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Slovak Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) into 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
It was once Groenewegen’s fourth degree win at the Excursion, two years after his first got here within the prestigious ultimate journey at the Champs Elysees in Paris.
“The beginning of the race what now not what I’d anticipated however up to now days I attempted to get well to be able for these days,” Groenewegen, whose crew and room mate Mike Teunissen gained the primary degree in Brussels to don the yellow jersey, informed a information convention.
“Nowadays we did an excellent process as a crew. I used to be a little boxed in with 500 metres to head and I requested Mike (Teunissen) to create space for me and he put his existence at the line to do it.
“It was once a chaotic dash and I began my effort with 250 metres left, I simply went complete gasoline.”
Italian Giulio Ciccone, who prolonged his contract with Trek-Segafredo by means of two years till 2021, retained the whole lead.
Saturday’s 8th degree is a 200km journey from Macon to St Etienne, the place France’s Julian Alaphilippe, 2nd total six seconds off the tempo, is anticipated to take a look at and regain the yellow jersey on a hilly route in central France.
“I do know that the terrain will swimsuit him neatly and that six seconds is not anything,” mentioned Ciccone, nicknamed Il Gekko for his speedy mountain climbing talents.
“Driving within the yellow jersey thru France is the sort of particular feeling and I may just in point of fact revel in it for the reason that first 200 kilometres had been taken at a sluggish tempo.”
At the longest degree of the race, Frenchmen Yoann Offredo and Stephane Rossetto shaped the day’s breakaway with nearly no likelihood of going the entire approach towards a peloton operating in opposition to a host dash end.
Eire’s Nicolas Roche misplaced center of attention and fell off his motorbike with none accidents whilst American Tejay van Garderen, as soon as a Excursion total contender, suffered in a crash early on.
“After crashing on degree seven of the Excursion de France, Tejay van Garderen has been pressured to withdraw from the race because of a fractured hand,” his EF-Training First crew mentioned.
Reporting by means of Julien Pretot; Enhancing by means of Kevin Liffey, Andrew Cawthorne and Christian Radnedge