For Dylan Groenewegen, the Critérium du Dauphiné is nothing more than preparation for races to come, most notably the Tour de France. Stage 3 however, offers the sprinter a rare chance at success in a race more suited to puncheurs and climbers.
“This ride is a good opportunity, and we want to go for it. Hopefully, we can get the win," said the 29-year-old Dutchman in a pre-stage interview. “However, there is plenty of chance to return, but we will have to see how it goes. In any case, we are going for it and hope that BORA-hansgrohe will also get involved."
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For someone the build of Groenewegen, the mountainous route of the Critérium du Dauphiné is a real challenge. The aim though is that the legs will come good in the Tour de France.
"It's good preparation for me. You also saw that last year, when I climbed very well in the Tour. That way you also start your sprints fresher," the Team Jayco AlUla sprinter explains. "On Monday I surprised myself by still sitting there, even though I couldn't move anymore. But that does show that the form is good. It's not easy, it's also harder than usual mentally. In other races there are more opportunities to sprint."