Cycling

Groenewegen claims stage win at Tour of Britain

Builth Wells - Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen recorded his second win in the United Kingdom this year as he triumphed in the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old -- who won on the Tour de Yorkshire earlier this year -- held off home hopes Dan McLay and Ben Swift on what was the climax to the longest stage of the race, 217km.

Belgian Julien Vermote, winner of the second stage, retained the yellow jersey after finishing fifth and holds a six-second advantage over British rider Stephen Cummings.

However, British sprint legend Mark Cavendish never got in the mix as the 31-year-old 'Manx Missile' got cut adrift during the stage and came in over five minutes behind the peloton.

Results from Tour of Britain following Wednesday's 217km fourth stage from Denbigh to Builth Wells:

Stage

1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 5hrs 28mins 49secs, 2. Daniel McLay (GBR) Fortuneo - Vital Concept, 3. Ben Swift (GBR) Team Sky, 4. Carlos Barbero (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, 5. Julien Vermote (BEL) Etixx - Quick-Step, 6. Boy Van Poppel (NED) Trek-Segafredo, 7. Luka Mezgec (SLO) Orica-BikeExchange, 8. Nicolas Vereecken (BEL) An Post-Chainreaction, 9. Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Giant-Alpecin, 10 Diego Rubio (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA all same time.

Overall

1. Julien Vermote (BEL) Etixx - Quick-Step 18hrs 22mins 04secs, 2. Stephen Cummings (GBR) Dimension Data at 6secs, 3. Ben Swift (GBR) Team Sky at 1min 3secs, 4. Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto Soudal s.t., 5. Daniel Martin (IRL) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:04, 6. Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1:08, 7. Dylan Van Baarle (NED) Cannondale-Drapac 1:12, 8. Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t., 9. Guillaume Martin (FRA) Wanty - Groupe Gobert s.t., 10 Nicolas Roche (IRL) Team Sky 1:16

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