Dylan Groenewegen won the opening stage of the week-long Paris-Nice race, a 138.5km around St Germain en Laye, to claim the overall lead.
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11 Mar 2019 - 5:30 AM  UPDATED 11 Mar 2019 - 9:37 AM

The Jumbo-Visma rider outsprinted Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who were second and third respectively.

“It was a short stage, but very difficult because of the wind. The lead-out was good and I’m glad I was able to finish it off," Groenewegen said.

Jumbo-Visma speedster Dylan Groenewegen talks us through the sprint finale on Stage 1 of the 2019 Paris-Nice

"It was extremely close, but I knew right away that I had won. It was a typical Dutch day: a lot of wind, lots of echelons and a continuous fight for your position. We knew in advance that this could happen.

"It's awesome. The fact that I beat all the top sprinters and clinched the yellow jersey makes it even better. I am already looking forward to the coming sprint stages.”

Australian Michael Matthews, three times a stage winner on the ‘Race to the Sun’, abandoned the event after a crash with around 70kms to go during a stage where the wind caused quite a bit of damage. 

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