Kooij takes breakthrough win over Viviani and Cavendish

LE LUDE FRANCE APRIL 06 Olav Kooij of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates the orange stage winner jersey on the podium ceremony after the 68th Circuit Cycliste Sarthe Pays de la Loire 2022 Stage 2 a 1747km stage from Le Lude to Le Lude CircuitSarthe on April 06 2022 in Le Lude France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Olav Kooij took first victory of 2022 on stage 2 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Shall people still wonder why Jumbo-Visma let Dylan Groenewegen go to Team BikeExchange-Jayco at the 11th hour last year? It’s not only because there’s very few spaces left for a top sprinter and his train alongside GC riders like Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin, but also because the Dutch squad already has the next big thing to come, apparently.

Olav Kooij, 20, claimed his first victory of the 2022 season in stage 2 of Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Lude. It’s not his first career pro win, as he imposed himself in stage 1a of the Settimana Coppi & Bartali in September 2020 and took two stages of the 2021 Cro Race, also at the UCI 2.1 level. 

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