His first victory since return: Groenewegen wins opening stage in Tour of Wallonia

Is Dylan Groenewegen completely back now? After his return in the Tour of Italy in May, the sprinter now also recorded his first victory in the Tour of Wallonia. A new step in the comeback of the Dutchman, who served a 9-month suspension for his part in Fabio Jakobsen’s serious crash in Poland.

Groenewegen himself also suffered a broken collarbone, but the mental consequences were even more serious. Groenewegen sprinted a few times in the Giro, with a 4th place as the best result. Also in the Baloise Belgium Tour that was his best final classification in a sprint. In the Eleven Cities Round he limped behind Tim Merlier.

So in the Tour de Wallonia it was hit. After 185 km from Genappe to Héron over a hilly course, Groenewegen trumped Hofstetter and Vermeersch at the rising line, after his Jumbo-Visma team had caught up with 3 escapees (the Italians Vendrame and Bagioli and the Norwegian Tiller) a few kilometers from the finish.

Fast men like Alexander Kristoff, Fernando Gaviria and Giacomo Nizzolo did not get further than the top 10. Groenewegen also immediately became the first leader.

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