Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen claimed victory on stage one of the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
The day’s breakaway was caught with 7km to go and the Jumbo-Visma rider – whose team had controlled the pace of the peloton throughout – outsprinted Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) to win the 201.5km stage from Glasgow to Kirkcudbright.
Ben Swift (Team Ineos) was the highest placed Briton in fifth.
“It was perfect, we had no help today so we did it all as a team, we rode very strongly to catch the breakaway make it a sprint,” said Groenewegen, who has won four individual stages of the Tour de France, including stage seven this year. “I could take my own line; it was a very good lead-out. I was on the wheel of Trentin, and sprinted full gas.
“I’ll look at the road book this evening and hope to win another stage. I think tomorrow’s a new chance and I will try again.”
Meanwhile, Chris Froome is back in hospital after cutting his thumb with a kitchen knife. The four-time Tour de France winner required surgery to put the tendon back together.
The 34-year-old tweeted a picture of himself sitting upright in a hospital bed on Saturday with his arm in a sling. He joked he would be “stuck giving a thumbs up for a couple of weeks.”
Froome was already in rehab after crashing badly during recon for the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial this summer.