The real work has yet to begin for Dylan Groenewegen, but the Jumbo-Visma cyclist was at least happy to be back in the peloton after his nine-month suspension. “It was exciting, you have to get back into the rhythm a bit, do a warm-up, pin the number on the shirt. It takes some getting used to, but it feels good”, said the Amsterdammer at the NOS, after he scored 8.6 kilometer long time trial with which the Giro d’Italia started on Saturday.
Groenewegen was sidelined for a long time because his fellow sprinter Fabio Jakobsen ended up in the fences in the Tour of Poland at the beginning of August and had suffered serious injuries. Last week it was announced that he would return to the Giro, Saturday was the day. “It was a nice effort, but also things like the course reconnaissance and the meetings with the team are things that I have been looking forward to. Now the time has come and I am glad that we are starting with a short time trial, to get into it a bit. It’s not really my thing, of course, I just have to get through this properly, put my legs a little under tension. “
The first bunch sprint is expected in this Giro on Sunday.