September 7, 2019 / 5:43 PM / 3 months ago

Cycling - Groenewegen wins opening stage of Tour of Britain

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

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