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Jesse Kramer has won the fifth and final stage of Olympia's Tour. The 21-year-old rider of the Jumbo-Visma Development Team was the fastest of a breakaway group on the Adsteeg and took his first victory for Jumbo-Visma Development Team. The win placed Kramer third in the overall classification and first in the youth classification.
The final and also queen stage of the Dutch stage race took place in Limburg, where the riders had to deal with some hills. Kramer rode towards the leading group on the Maasberg and then pulled away on the Snijdersberg. Five riders were able to follow him, after which the six riders knew that one of them would take the stage win. Kramer proved to be the fastest in the sprint and could make the victory sign after more than three and a half hours of racing.
"It's very special to be able to celebrate my first victory on this course in Limburg," Kramer said. "I felt strong all day and noticed on the last climb that I was one of the better riders. I therefore dared to gamble on the sprint. In the sprint, someone behind me went first, but I immediately knew I had the legs to go over him. It's a very nice feeling to win."
"I was able to save my legs a bit because Lars was in the group behind me"
According to Kramer, the original plan was to help Lars Boven, who was second in the general classification prior to the stage. "Lars was being watched all the time. At one point, a leading group of five rode away and we had to have someone from the front. I rode towards it and then was able to save my legs a bit because Lars was in the group behind me. That was a very good situation for us and luckily I was able to finish it off."