Netherlands' Dylan Groenewegen sprints to win the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 230 kilometers (142,9 miles) with start in Belfort and finish in Chalon sur Saone, France, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Dutch speed king Dylan Groenewegen edged an ultratight bunch sprint on the seventh stage of the Tour de France Friday as Italy's Giulio Ciccone retained the overall race lead.Pure sprinter Groenewegen was left sitting on his backside in Brussels when he had been red-hot favorite to win.He was also left to wonder what might have been as his teammate Mike Teunissen won the opening stage and pulled on the overall leader's yellow jersey.Groenewegen was asked if he was the best pure sprinter in the world, but he refused to be drawn.The 26-year-old is being compared to the great British sprinter Mark Cavendish, who won 30 stages of the Tour de France in his prime.On the longest stage of the Tour at 230 kilometers, the riders involved in the summit showdown the day before were mainly relaxed.
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