Dylan Groenewegen made it three victories in five days at the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain as he sprinted to win the race’s first-ever Wirral stage in Birkenhead Park on Wednesday.

The Team Jumbo – Visma rider added the stage five victory to Saturday’s success in Kirkcudbright and his triumph on Newcastle’s Grey Street on Monday in dominant style.

Great Britain’s Matt Walls notably placed second, with Matteo Trentin’s third-place finish and subsequent time bonus putting the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider back into the OVO Energy green jersey of race leader leading into Thursday’s time trial in Pershore.

Trentin now leads by three seconds from former leader Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon Circus), with 18 other riders within half a minute of him. 

One rider who will no longer be a threat to the overall was former winner Steve Cummings (Team Dimension Data), who crashed out of the top 20 and the race on his home roads on the Wirral.

The Italian also leads the Cetaphil points competition by nine points from Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy).

Thanks to his presence in the day’s breakaway Jacob Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) moved to a 21-point lead over Dries de Bondt (Corendon – Circus) in the SKODA King of the Mountains and also won the public vote for the Wahooligan Combativity award. 

Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) kept the Eisberg sprints jersey, despite a fall in the closing stages, with a four-point lead over his nearest rival.

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The OVO Energy Tour of Britain continues on Thursday with a 14.4-kilometre time trial in Pershore, Worcestershire. Click here to discover the stage.

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