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Groenewegen sprints to victory on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire

Groenewegen sprints to victory on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire

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Dylan Groenewegen took to victory on stage one of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire in a sprint marred by a crash involving several riders at the finish in Scarborough.

LottoNL-Jumbo's Groenewegen edged out Australia's Caleb Ewan on the line, a repeat of the opening stage in 2016.

Briton Chris Opie was third.

"The last climb was hard but the team brought me back into position so I could sprint for the win. It's a beautiful race with a lot of people on the road, that gives you a lot of motivation," Groenewegen told ITV.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Jacob Hennessey took an impressive 11th place while James Knox and Adam Hartley were caught in the crash but fortunately neither suffered serious injuries.

An eight-man breakaway had formed on the 173km stage starting in Bridlington but as expected it was reeled back, with 8.3km to go, to leave a bunch sprint to decide the day.

The crash in the final 300m saw a number of riders caught behind the chaos but Groenewegen kept his focus to triumph.

Saturday's second stage starts in Tadcaster and ends in Harrogate after 122.5km of racing, which is expected to end in a bunch sprint.


Great Britain Cycling Team at the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire - stage one

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