Timothy Dupont has won the fourth stage of the ZLM Tour. The Belgian was the strongest in the bunch sprint in Mierlo.
Olav Kooij remains leader in the general classification.
After a visit to Zeeland and Limburg, the ZLM Tour riders could be found in North Brabant on Saturday. Seven riders opted for the adventure in the almost 200 kilometer long stage. They rode ahead of the peloton for a long time, but were no match for the sprinter teams. The lead was slowly undone and with eight kilometers from the finish Tom Wirtgen was grabbed as the last leader. Jelle Bootsveld tried to surprise the sprinter teams with a late attack, but he was also caught.
Jumbo-Visma then set the pace and let no one escape. As a result, it was, as expected, a bunch sprint in Mierlo. Where many counted on a sprint between Olav Kooij and Jakub Mareczko, this time Elia Viviani and Thimoty Dupont also emphatically intervened in the sprint. In the end it was Dupont who pushed his wheel over the line first with an extreme sprint. Kooij finished second ahead of Viviani.
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Despite not winning, Olav Kooij is ahead of the general classification. Thanks to the bonus seconds, he is now 17 seconds ahead of Leo Bouvier and 18 seconds ahead of Mareczko. With this, the Jumbo-Visma rider is taking a big step towards the final victory in the ZLM Tour.
The final stage is scheduled for Sunday. The riders will then ride again in North Brabant, between Made and Rijsbergen over 160 kilometers. The race can be followed live from 15:35 on L1 Television and L1.nl.