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Dunkirk (1): Devriendt in mountain jersey, Dupont in top 10

Dunkirk (1): Devriendt in mountain jersey, Dupont in top 10

The 173 kilometer course of the first stage of the Dunkirk Four Days / Grand Prix des Hauts de France (2.HC) flirted with the French-Belgian border. Inhabitant of Veurne, Tom Devriendt, used this opportunity to slip into the early breakaway on known terrain and to collect bonification seconds and points for the mountain prize. The Wanty-Gobert rider was invited to the podium ceremony to receive the white mountain jersey.

The Jumbo-Visma team kept the breakaway within reach and piloted its leader Dylan Groenewegen to the victory in an expected bunch sprint, after having caught the last escapees within the last 10 kilometers. The run up to the sprint was marred by a crash, which hindered Timothy Dupont. Despite this obstacle he finished 9th in the small and hectic sprint in Condé-sur-l'Escaut.

Timothy Dupont:

« It is a pity that I was impeded by a crash with 1.5 kilometers to go, because my feeling on the bike was not bad. I could have done better than 9th. But most important, I was not involved in the crash. Because five more stages are awaiting us and I am confident I can show something nice the coming days. »

« I expect that the teammates of today's winner and GC leader Dylan Groenewegen will do everything they can to end each stage in a bunch sprint. Besides, I can cherish ambitions for the general classification, remembering my 7th place in de stage in Cassel last year. »

Results stage 1:

1. Dylan Groenewegen

2. Marc Sarreau

3. Mike Teunissen

9. Timothy Dupont

21. Pieter Vanspeybrouck

24. Wesley Kreder

48. Yoann Offredo

51. Frederik Backaert

74. Tom Devriendt

80. Aimé De Gendt

Provisional general classification:

1. Dylan Groenewegen

2. Marc Sarreau +0:01

3. Elmar Reinders +0:04

7. Tom Devriendt +0:08

14. Timothy Dupont +0:10

26. Pieter Vanspeybrouck

29. Wesley Kreder

51. Yoann Offredo

54. Frederik Backaert

81. Aimé De Gendt