Lille – Widely favored, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) of the Netherlands has logically won Tuesday the first stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk, between Dunkirk and Condé-sur-l'Escaut (North).
In the sprint, he was faster than the French Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and his compatriot and teammate Mike Teunissen, who launched it perfectly.
A group of four runners long animated this flat stage and promised a massive arrival. The Dutchman Elmar Reinders (Roompot), the Belgian Tom Devriendt (Wanty) and the French Samuel Leroux (Natura4ever) and Nicolas Baldo (Saint-Michel Auber 93) have never dug a gap enough to hope to deceive the peloton.
After a final baroud d'honor Reinders and Leroux, the grouping was made 4 kilometers from the finish. Despite a crash that disrupted the train, the Jumbo-Visma team took the lead under the red flame on a very narrow road.
Perfectly launched by Teunissen, author of a clear acceleration to prevent any recovery, Groenewegen found himself in the lead in the home stretch and took advantage of a break behind him to win without any difficulty.
Back from the back, Sarreau took second place on the wire but away from the winner. Dylan Groenewegen takes the pink jersey as leader in the overall standings before a second leg where he will be the man to beat again.