Olav Kooij powers to another victory on stage two of Tour of Britain

Dutchman makes it two in two for Jumbo-Visma in Wrexham

Olav Kooij
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Olav Kooij powered to a second successive victory on stage two of the 2023 Tour of Britain in Wrexham.

In a hectic finale which saw a late crash cause a small split in the peloton, Jumbo-Visma took control of the bunch with Wout van Aert guiding his teammate Kooij to an impressive second stage win.

Kooij had already won stage one in Manchester on Monday. As a result the Dutchman was leading the race going into stage two, a 110 kilometre loop starting and finishing in Wrexham.

As the riders powered towards the finish line, Van Aert and Kooij were able to hold off a late surge from Bora-Hansgrohe led by Ryan Mullen and Nils Pollitt. The Bora duo combined to give the peloton a huge injection of pace with two kilometres to go in a bid to set up their colleague Sam Bennett.

As the road narrowed on the approach into the Welsh City, Tobias Lund Andresen of DSM caught a traffic cone at the side of the road and slammed to the ground. Van Aert and Kooij, along with the Bora riders, kept cool heads and managed to swerve around the stricken Danish rider and continue towards the finish.

In the end, Bennett and his teammate Danny van Poppel were unable to match Kooij’s final kick as the Dutchman grabbed his second win.

Speaking to the media in Wrexham, Kooij said that he felt all eyes were on Jumbo-Visma to reel in the four man breakaway that had an advantage for a large part of the day.

Finn Crockett of Saint Piran along with Jacob Scott (Bolton Equities Black Spoke), Callum Ormiston (Global 6) and Abram Stockman (Tour de Tietema) worked tirelessly in a bid to contest the stage win. Crockett and Stockman were the last men standing with 12 kilometres to race. 

Finn Crockett

Saint Piran's Finn Crockett leads the day's breakaway on the road to Wrexham.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

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