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Tour of Britain 2019: Van der Poel loses race lead as Groenewegen takes Stage 5 win

Joe Robinson
11 Sep 2019

Groenewegen completes hat-trick of stage wins as Matteo Trentin regains race lead

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) completed a hat-trick of stage wins on Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain into Birkenhead while Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) leapfrogged Mathieu Van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) into the leader's jersey thanks to taking third on the stage.

Jumbo-Visma launched a late lead-out train into Birkenhead Park to give Groenewegen a clear sprint to the line with the Dutchman eventually crossing the line comfortably ahead of 21-year-old Matt Walls (Team GB) who took an impressive second.

Trentin managed to take four bonus seconds with third on the stage which was enough to regain the race lead from Van der Poel who finished in the main group.

It gives the Italian a three-second lead heading into Stage 5's 14.5km time trial in Pershore, Worcestershire.

The Liverpool leg

Van der Poel stamped his mark on the Tour of Britain on Stage 4 to Kendal in a performance so good this little market town may become more known for the exploits of this Dutch superstar rather than it's delicious mint cake.

The 24-year-old's incredible sprint finish was enough not only for the stage but also the race lead. His lead was only a single second ahead of Trentin but it seemed unlikely that the GC battle for the entire race could be over.

With Stage 4 starting and finishing in Birkenhead it offered a slim chance at a GC shakeup but not the greatest. If anything, it looked like a stage that that could suit a strong breakaway.

It's why Jacob Scott (Swift Pro Carbon), Rob Scott (Team Wiggins), Matt Bostock (Canyon-DHB) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal Pro Cycling) went away up the road. They sensed an opportunity and forged a gap although it never established a lead too significant, Van der Poel's Corendon Circus made sure of that.

What it did was allow Scott to cross the line first on the stage's classified climbs and extend his lead in the competition to an impressive margin ahead of Dried de Bondt, who was now in full domestique mode for Van der Poel.

Scott's work was done for the day with 30km as he sat up to leave just the two leaders, Bostock and Vinjebo, 1 minute 20 seconds ahead.

The duo worked valiantly in the last loop of Birkenhead but to no avail as they were slowly reeled in by a selection on teams spotting an opportunity for stage glory with the final lump of Flaybrick Hill just 4km from the finale.

Frison of Lotto-Soudal was the only one to try on the last hill but with no effect as Corendon-Circus kept it all together and helped lead a reduced group into Birkenhead Park and a sprint win for Dylan Groenewegen for yet another stage.

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