• Dylan Groenewegen is one of the up and coming fast movers of the peloton. (Getty)Source: Getty
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) held off a fast-finishing Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) to win the opening stage of the Eneco Tour.
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Cycling Central

20 Sep 2016 - 9:05 AM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2016 - 10:29 AM

World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took third at the end of the 184.7km stage in Bolsward, The Netherlands.

"I stayed on the wheel of Robert Wagner, and he kept me out of the wind perfectly,” Groenewegen said. “We continued on the right with the Orica train coming up. I jumped on the wheel of Caleb Ewan, but he was trapped. Nizzolo jumped, and I knew I had to take his wheel and I’d have a clear sprint.

"We worked hard and came to the Eneco Tour to win a stage. It is nice that we immediately succeeded on the first day. We have worked on this sprint train only for seven months, but now we win at the highest level against the strongest sprinters. That makes this win special. “

Groenewegen victory came after the breakaway containing Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Brian Van Goethem (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) and Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was caught in the last 10km.

The second stage is a 9.5km individual time trial in Breda. The tour ends on Sunday.