Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel wins Vuelta a Burgos opening stage

Dutchman Danny Van Poppel kicks off Team Sky's campaign at the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain with stage one win and overall race lead

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Dutch sprinter Danny Van Poppel took his second victory for Team Sky on Tuesday, winning the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain to take the early race lead.

Van Poppel out-powered Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) to take the victory in Melgar de Fernamental after 158km of racing. Gianni Meersman (Etixx-QuickStep) placed third. Van Poppel took the victory despite crashing earlier in the stage.

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