Teenager Kooij surprises with sprint victory in Coppi e Bartali

Dutch cycling talent Olav Kooij won the first stage in the international cycling week Coppi e Bartali.

The rider from the training team of Jumbo-Visma, who as an 18-year-old already has a pro contract for next year, was the fastest in the bunch sprint in Gatteo in the morning stage over almost 100 kilometers with start and finish.

The peloton whistled back the lonely Swiss adventurer Johan Jacobs at more than 10 kilometres from the finish. Kooij was then faster in the sprint than the Brit Ethan Hayter (Ineos) and the German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-McLaren).

Later today the second part of the first stage will follow, a team time trial over 13.3 kilometers. The international cycling week Coppi e Bartali is a five day race in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna.

Procurement contract

Kooij signed a pro contract with Jumbo-Visma last week. Halfway through 2021 he will exchange the training team for the pro team of the Dutch formation. The rider from Numansdorp is after Gijs Leemreize the second talent to make that transition.