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Tour de France: Two From Two For Dylan Groenewegen Of LottoNL-Jumbo

It’s two in a row for Dylan Groenewegen – the Team LottoNL-Jumbo sprinter claiming his second consecutive Tour de France stage victory overnight.

Stage 8 was another many agreed was a little, ahem, less interesting than what we’ve come to expect from the world’s biggest bike race. 

But in the closing stages of the 180km stage the fast men did their best to light things up. A strong pre-stage favourite, Peter Sagan hit the afterburners a little early and ultimately couldn’t match the intensity of Groenewegen. Meanwhile Andre Greipel and dual stage winner Fernando Gaviria were literally bumping heads – both later relegated by commissionaires for crossing lines and headbutting during the sprint.

It was Groenewegen third-ever stage victory in the Tour de France and, with two more pure sprint stages to go, the 25yo is certainly in the box seat for more.

“This is very beautiful – we have worked really hard for this”, Groenewegen said after the presentation. “It was about fighting for a good position all the way. I chose Greipel’s wheel and when I saw him going shoulder to shoulder with Gaviria I thought: now is the moment. I have to thank the team for their trust and support.” 

It’s Roubaix Sunday

Tonight’s Stage 9 of the Tour de France is one of the most eagerly anticipated of 2018 with the peloton tackling the legendary roads of Roubaix.

Described as a ‘nightmare for the favourites’, the stage features 15 paved sectors from km 47.5 to 8km to go, for a total of 21.7km on the cobbles. 

The finish is located near the legendary Roubaix velodrome and this is undoubtedly the most feared stage for the race’s top contenders. 

Some Paris-Roubaix specialists may have to look after their team captain rather than go for a prestigious stage win Matt Hayman for Adam Yates, Gianni Moscon for Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas who is second on GC and Oliver Naesen for Romain Bardet.

With an earlier start time – the action on SBS from 8:30pm – this will be a spectacle not to be missed.

Stage 8 Top 3 

1

GROENEWEGEN Dylan

Team LottoNL-Jumbo

4:23:36

2

SAGAN Peter

BORA – hansgrohe

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3

DEGENKOLB John

Trek – Segafredo

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