Kooij adds Heistse Pijl to list of honours after fine team play
Olav Kooij has won the Heistse Pijl. The 21-year-old sprinter of Team Jumbo-Vism...
Team Jumbo-Visma has survived the hectic final of the fifth stage of the Vuelta. A massive crash in the last fifteen kilometres caused chaos. As a result of the crash of classification leader Rein Taaramäe, Primoz Roglic moved up to second place in the classification.
The fifth stage seemed to be decided just a few kilometres after the start. Three Spaniards attacked and were able to ride in the spotlight until about twenty-five kilometres before the finish. Team Jumbo-Visma rode, partly due to the threat of sidewinds, attentively grouped in the front of the peloton. Leader Roglic eventually reached the line in Albacete in a good and safe manner. The win went to the Belgian Jasper Philipsen.
"These are really stressful days, especially for me as a domestique."
“It was definitely possible to set-up echelons in the final”, Nathan Van Hooydonck said. “The wind blew in such a way that teams could always come to the front. It was more of a chaos than really racing in echelons. It’s good that Primoz crossed the finish line unscathed and without losing any time. That makes it a good day for us. These are really stressful days, especially for me as a domestique. You know that on days like this you are responsible for your leader. We did well as a team.”