As the Tour de France approaches fast, all the riders can be seen sweating hard to prep for the grand tour. We can also see Dutch racing cyclist Dylan Groenewegen among them, who is practicing tirelessly for the upcoming event. The four-time Tour de France stages winner will be a part of BikeExchange-Jayco. The team is aiming to win stages, so they can drive power to gear up for the Tour de France.
Groenewegen is very happy to be back from his small break and is all set to prepare for the grand tour. Bagging two consecutive victories, the racer proudly exclaims his contentment:
It’s a race I like, it’s a hard race and I think we will have some good opportunities to try for a victory. There’s a couple of stages which look like they can be sprint finishes and it would be nice to get another win to keep the momentum as we get closer to the Tour de France
Although the 28-year-old star won four stages at the Tour de France from 2017 to 2019, he was not seen touring at the event in 2020. At that time, he had a contract with Jumbo-Visma.
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A scandalous crash at the race Tour de Pologne in 2020, in which Dylan was rumored to have piqued the crash of Fabio Jakobsen, resulted in him being banned from the sport for 8 months. Dylan returned to racing at the 2021 Giro d’Italia, but he was nowhere to be seen in the last season of Tour de France.
Since the Dutch sprinter is now a part of Team BikeExchange–Jayco, he has been promised a spot among the team racers for Tour-de-France. Dylan put his best foot forward with his wins at the stages Saudi Tour, Tour de Hongrie, and Arnhem–Veenendaal Classic. The team director talked to the media and made clear what their goals are as a team and how they are working collectively to put forward a strategy that will assure them of their wins. Tristan Hoffman explained:
The goal for us at Dauphiné is to go for stage wins. We have Dylan who is in good shape, he had some wins in May and he is ready to try to take a stage win at Dauphiné. It will be a high level of competition as always at this race and with the parcours, there looks to be a few stages that could finish in bunch sprints, so we will be ready for those
For the hillier stages we have young Colleoni, so he will have a go and see what he can do on those hard stages and look if he can place himself high up on the GC
Dylan Groenewegen accompanied by Luke Durbridge, Alex Edmondson, and Amund Grøndahl Jansen will head to Critérium du Dauphiné starting from june 5 to june 12 while Nick Schultz, Tsgabu Grmay and Kevin Colleoni will be seen concentrating on hillier stages.
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