Fourth place for Kooij in sixth stage Tour of Britain
Olav Kooij has sprinted to fourth place in the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain, which ended the hegemony of Team Jumbo-Visma. The squad had won the first five stages. Wout van Aert remains in the lead of the general classification.
The peloton was presented with another flat stage, although the final was treacherous. The riders of Team Jumbo-Visma controlled the race all day and never let the various breakaways get far. In the last part of the stage, Van Aert once again moved to the front in the service of Kooij. The young Dutch sprinter had to start his sprint relatively early and was eventually overtaken by, among others, eventual stage winner Danny van Poppel.
"The goal was to get another win with Olav”, race leader Van Aert said. "Unfortunately, we didn't manage. We are back with both feet on the ground. It is an excellent example that it was not a given that we won the first five stages. The competition is very strong. We came from too far and had to work too hard to return to the front.”
"The important thing is to keep a cool head"
The Belgian briefly looked ahead to the final weekend. "I am happy that I am still in the lead of the general classification. The important thing is to keep a cool head. The next two days will be a bit trickier as far as the course is concerned. A lot of riders will be attacking. A three-second lead is not significant, so there will be a lot of attacks. We will do our best to take the overall victory.”