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Kooij opens Coppi e Bartali with stage win

Kooij opens Coppi e Bartali with stage win

Olav Kooij has won the opening stage of Coppi e Bartali. The 18-year-old rider of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team was the fastest in the bunch sprint and is the first leader in the Italian stage race.

Kooij took his fourth victory of the season, having won GP Kranj, Trofej Porec and Trofej Umag earlier this season. For Jumbo-Visma Development Team it is the sixth season victory.

“It was a hectic final”, Kooij said. “There was a roundabout at seven hundred and fifty metres. That was a crucial point, but I was positioned well thanks to my teammates. I started to sprint at two hundred metres from the finish. I immediately felt that I had the legs to win. This stage race has a very strong partcipant field. With several World Tour teams at the start, this is a high level victory. I am very happy that I have started this race with a victory.”

Coppi e Bartali

Stage 1a

Result
Rankings
1
Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma Development Team 02:08:26
2
Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
3
Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - McLaren s.t.
1
Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma Development Team 02:08:20
2
Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers +0:02
3
Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - McLaren +0:04

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