Giro: Olav Kooij wins the 9th stage, a smooth day for the pink jersey Tadej Pogacar (video)

Giro: Olav Kooij wins the 9th stage, a smooth day for the pink jersey Tadej Pogacar (video)
Giro: Olav Kooij wins the 9th stage, a smooth day for the pink jersey Tadej Pogacar (video)

Lhe Dutchman Olav Kooij (Visma-Lease a Bike) won the sprint victory against the Italian Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) at the end of the ninth stage of the Tour of Italy on Sunday which was held over 214 kilometers between Allezzano and Naples. The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), who arrived with the peloton even launching the sprint, keeps the leader’s pink jersey. The day’s stage was marked by a fall 58 km from the finish of the two INEOS Grenadiers riders, the British Geraint Thomas and the Norwegian Tobias Foss as well as the German Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe). The three riders quickly got back on their bikes.

27 kilometers from the finish, the French Julien Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) launched an attack to join the leading group before being caught 20 kilometers further and seeing the Ecuadorian Jhonatan Narvaez (INEOS Grenadiers) attack .

Tadej Pogacar started the sprint for his teammate at UAE Emirates, the Colombian Juan Sebastian Molano finally third. In a big battle at the finish, it was Olav Kooij who won ahead of Jonathan Milan.

The 22-year-old Dutchman takes the 33rd victory of his career and the fifth of the season after his successes at the Almeria Classic, the fifth stage of the UAE Tour and stages 1 and 5 of Paris-Nice. This is his first success in a Grand Tour for his first participation.

On Monday, the riders will have a day of rest before a tenth stage over 141 kilometers between Pompei and Cusano Mutri on Tuesday. In addition to a sprint, this stage will include two passes: the Camposauro (2nd cat. of 6km at 8% average) and the Bocca Della Selva at the finish (1st cat. of 18.2km at 6% average) .

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