The best of the rider quotes following stage five of the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the first-ever Wirral stage of the modern Tour, won by Dylan Groenewegen.

Dutchman Groenewegen claimed his third stage victory of this year’s Tour as Italian Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) moved back into the OVO Energy green jersey after placing third in the historic Birkenhead Park.

Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling)

Stage winner

“I like this race, it’s a perfect race. I like to race here. It’s another hat-trick [in a race] for me so I’m really proud of that but I’m really motivated to get another win.

“There was a small climb at the end of today’s stage – it was not a hard climb but the team did a very good job there. We stayed in a good position with one kilometre to go and then we went full gas. The lead-out was perfect. I’m very happy that I was able to take the win. The team worked very hard today and I’m really proud of them.”

On Thursday’s time trial stage: “I hate time trials so it’s nothing for me! I’ll take it easy tomorrow. That’s not a stage for me and the day after is also a really hard day, I think. But maybe the last day is an opportunity and we want to try it again.”

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Third and OVO Energy green jersey leader

“It was finally a kind of easy day even if it wasn’t as easy as it looked on TV, but I think it just gave the guys a little bit of time to relax today.

“The sprint came out pretty well – I had to come from the back, to be honest, but Groenewegen just demonstrated once again that he’s one step above all the rest. I thought I had a good race and I’m pleased to take bonus seconds to be back in the GC lead.”

On defending his lead in Thursday’s time trial: “It’s not the discipline I like the most to be honest, but I’ve got to make it the best that I can.”

Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling)

Breakaway rider and SKODA King of the Mountains leader

I was wondering whether I should go in the breakaway at the beginning, but the opportunity arose shall we say. We got the right right people in the right place and I took the opportunity. 

“I was thinking ‘alright, I’ll get to the first KOM, take the points, go back in the peloton’ as I was feeling a bit rough. I was just playing the stage in my head and I felt that if we could get to KM140 [the second SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Flaybrick Hill] then I’d sit up.

“We got to KM140, I took the points and then I went back into the peloton and cruised into the finish. It went perfectly so, yeah, I can’t complain too much!”

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