Kooij ninth on first stage ZLM Tour
Surprisingly, the first bunch sprint of the ZLM Tour did not take place. Olav Ko...
Primoz Roglic has finished the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia amidst his closest rivals. The rider of Jumbo-Visma was the first to start the final climb after a perfect lead-out from Koen Bouwman, keeping him ahead of any possible skirmishes. Breakaway rider Brandon McNulty won the stage.
The stage before the final rest day had similarities to the Tour of Lombardy. The finish was tricky with the long Roncola Alta and a challenging climb in the narrow streets of Bergamo. A large group broke away in the early stages and eventually fought for the stage win. The peloton was quiet for a long time until the final climb. Roglic followed steadily and stayed out of trouble.
"We zijn deze rit goed doorgekomen."
"Here in Bergamo, we were still trying to assess the level of the competition”, sports director Marc Reef said. "Groupama-FDJ was in control, so it came down to the final climb, which showed that the classification riders were level matched. It was also too short to make a big difference. We did well during this stage.”
Reef is happy with the way the Giro d'Italia has gone so far. "We haven't had to waste a lot of energy. But it has been a challenge to stay healthy in the bad weather conditions. Thankfully, we can anticipate the last week with eight riders. On the wall stage, we took the initiative, and Primoz showed that he is in good shape. We are content with how things are right now, but we must now wait for the ideal opportunity to attack.”