Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco) won this Monday (30) the opening stage of the Saudi Tour. The Dutchman defeated Dušan Rajović (Bahrain Victorious) and Max Walscheid (Cofidis) at the finish line at the end of the 180km stage. The cyclist sprinted to a comprehensive victory clinching his 64th career win at Khaybar.
The Dutchman didn’t have it all his own way during the stage, having suffered two punctures, including one at just 40km from the line. “I said immediately that the whole team had to wait. The team performance was really strong today and we’re really happy that we could take the first win of the season”, he said.
The Saudi Tour was launched in 2020 and is perfoming the third edition from January 30th to February 3rd. Sixteen teams from the international competition will face each other in five stages in AIULA, an oasis city in northwest Saudi Arabia.
The five steps trace a star-shaped route around AlUla:
Stage 1: The opening stage heads towards Khaybar oasis.
Stage 2: 184km to Shalal Sijlyat Rocks.
Stage 3, spanning 159.2 km, will depart from Al Manshiyah Railway Station, a major stop on the legendary Hejaz Railway, a 1,300 km single-track line stretching from Damascus to Medina.
Stage 4 starts in Maraya and heads towards Harrat Uwayrid.
Stage 5: The final stage starts in the old town of AlUla and goes to Hegra, a UNESCO world heritage site.