Kooij has to leave stage victory to Dupont, but retains ZLM Tour leader’s jersey | NOW

Timothy Dupont (Bingoal) won the fourth stage in the ZLM Tour on Saturday after being the fastest in the sprint. Olav Kooij came in second, but kept his leader’s jersey.

After a ride of 195 kilometers from West to East Brabant, it finally came to a bunch sprint. A leading group of seven men – including Dutchmen Dennis van der Horst (Allinq), Nick van der Meer (VolkerWessels) – was caught up prematurely after a long escape attempt. In the final both Tom Wirtgen (Bingoal) and Jelle Bootsveld (Allinq) tried again with a solo, but in the end they were caught up again by the peloton.

Jumbo-Visma then started the sprint for Kooij in the last kilometer, but the Dutchman was beaten up to speed by Dupont. The 34-year-old Belgian crossed the line almost equal with Elia Viviani and Kooij and was subsequently designated the winner based on the photo.

Kooij retains first place in the general classification. He is twelve seconds ahead of number two, Italian Jakub Mareczko, whose compatriot Viviani (+0.15) is third. The Dutchman also leads in the points classification and in the youth classification

The ZLM Tour will conclude on Sunday with a relatively flat ride over 168 kilometers through North Brabant.