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Tour rookie Groenewegen to sprint for LottoNL in France

Dylan Groenewegen takes Robert Gesink's place on the squad after Gesink's recent crash at the Tour de Suisse.

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PARIS (AFP) — Dutch cycling team LottoNL – Jumbo is betting on sprinter Dylan Groenewegen at the 2016 Tour de France after Robert Gesink was involved in a heavy fall last week.

Senior rider Gesink has failed to get over his crash at the Tour de Suisse, Lotto NL said Wednesday. Groenewegen, a 23-year-old Dutchman, was named to the team in his place.

“This will be good for his development, although we hadn’t been considering giving him his Tour debut just yet,” said team manager Nico Verhoeven.

“We’d like to win a stage on this Tour however,” said Verhoeven, who hinted his strongest chance of that might be climber Wilco Kelderman.

Lotto NL – Jumbo for the Tour de France

George Bennett (NZL)
Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Wilco Kelderman (NED)
Bert-Jan Lindeman (NED)
Paul Martens (GER)
Timo Roosen (NED)
Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)
Robert Wagner (GER)
Maarten Wynants (BEL)