LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen won a sprint to claim the opening stage of the Tour of Britain on Saturday.
Jumbo-Visma’s Groenewegen got the better of Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) to claim victory over the 201.5-kilometre route from Glasgow to Kirkcudbright.
His team controlled the pace of the race, never allowing a breakaway to get more than two minutes ahead.
In the final seven kilometres, the Mitchelton-Scott team appeared to be the biggest threat but Groenewegen had plenty left in the tank as he crossed the line ahead.
Sunday’s stage is a 165.9km route, starting and finishing in Kelso.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband