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Eneco Tour 2016 Stage 1

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LottoNL-Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen claimed victory on home soil today, after out-sprinting Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in stage 1 of the Eneco Tour in Bolsward, Netherlands. The 23-year-old Dutch national champion claimed the first leader’s jersey of the seven-stage race, while World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) finished third in the bunch finish. 

“The team worked well to help me get this win,” Groenewegen said. “It’s a very important win, I took it in front of the best sprinters in the world. Winning a big sprint like that is special.

“This is a WorldTour race in my home country too and so winning feels really, really nice. We worked really hard together as a team today and in the end we did it. I’m very happy.”

Groenewegen narrowly beat Bouhanni after making up ground during the final 50 meters, while world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) – who also came from a long way back – had to settle for third place.

In the meantime, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) took fourth ahead of fellow countryman Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), while Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) finished 6th.

Race Highlights 

After reining in the day’s early five-man breakaway group, the peloton set up for a fast finish on the flat, straight approach to the final kilometer. 

Katusha began the lead-out with about 500 meters to go, pushing up the left side.

Simultaneously, Boasson Hagen started his sprint early, but the Norwegian rider was unable to hold off the rest of the sprinters.

Giacomo Nizzolo proceeded to make his way up the right side, coming out of a cluster of sprinters about five bike lengths back.

From there, Groenewegen followed the Trek – Segafredo sprinter, until the Italian champion broke left, allowing the Dutch rider to go clear along the right-side of the road. 

Sagan was quick to jump on his wheel but couldn’t come around during the final surge for the line.

Meanwhile, Bouhanni snuck up the right side, along the barriers to collect second place on the day.

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Stage 1 Results
NED 1 GROENEWEGEN, Dylan (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) 4:14:00
FRA 2 BOUHANNI, Nacer (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS)
SVK 3 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF)
NOR 4 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (DIMENSION DATA)
NOR 5 KRISTOFF, Alexander (KATUSHA)
COL 6 ANACONA GOMEZ, Winner (MOVISTAR)
FRA 7 DEMARE, Arnaud (FDJ)
ITA 8 GUARDINI, Andrea (ASTANA)
GER 9 KITTEL, Marcel (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
BEL 10 JANS, Roy (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT)

General Classification after Stage 1
NED 1 GROENEWEGEN, Dylan (LOTTO NL – JUMBO) 4:13:50
FRA 2 BOUHANNI, Nacer (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 4
BEL 3 BACKAERT, Frederik (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT)
BEL 4 DE VREESE, Laurens (ASTANA) + 5
SVK 5 SAGAN, Peter (TINKOFF) + 6
ITA 6 BONO, Matteo (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 7
BEL 7 VAN LERBERGHE, Bert (TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE) + 8
NED 8 VAN GOETHEM, Brian (ROOMPOT – ORANJE PELOTON)
NOR 9 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (DIMENSION DATA) + 10
NOR 10 KRISTOFF, Alexander (KATUSHA)

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