Jakobsen comes to life

The Dutchman is reunited with victory in a big one, 377 days after his tremendous accident in Poland. Taaramäe fell, but did not lose the red jersey.


One year and twelve days before, Fabio Jakobsen was admitted intubated at the Hospital de Santa Bárbara, in Sosnowiec, with a serious head injury and severe maxillofacial damage, after being fired against the fences by Dylan Groenewegen in the sprint of the first stage of the Tour of Poland, in slight descent, at about 80 kilometers per hour. Only one of his teeth survived, but at the time it was the least of it, because his initial fight was to save his life. The Dutchman began a long and difficult recovery, which he capped with three victories. The first, moral, when he returned to competition in the Tour of Turkey, on April 11. The second, real, when he won again in the second stage of the Tour of Wallonia, on July 21. And the third, big one, this Tuesday in the Vuelta a España, in Molina de Aragón, where he came out the winner again against the kings of the last straight. 377 days later.

Fabio Jakobsen had already touched the victory on Sunday in Burgos, when he was beaten by Jasper Philipsen. Then I had a very special feeling: "A year ago I was on a stretcher and now I see myself again with the greats of the sprint". The arrival of Molina de Aragón, with a slight rise of 500 meters of 2.3% and its majestic castle as witness, incorporated other candidates for the victory such as Michael Matthews and Álex Aranburu, but in the end they were not in the bid. In a sprint of tremendous power, Jakobsen, who had already won two stages in La Vuelta 2019, signed one of the most important days of his career. The triumph of a survivor.

The red jersey of the race, Rein Taaramäe, also survived, in his own way, who suffered a fall in the final section of the stage, two and a half kilometers from the finish line. Fortune smiled at the leader, because the accident happened within the technical area and the lost time was not discounted, so he was able to repeat the podium, although clearly disappointed. Everything was a shock. The Estonian is still in the lead.

After three hectic days of competition, the La Vuelta 2021 squad left the province of Burgos on Tuesday, with a departure from Burgo de Osma from Soria to Guadalajara, but that did not prevent the home team, the host Burgos-BH, to get back into the day's getaway. Crossing the border did not slow their momentum. And this time, in addition, he did it in pairs, with Carlos Canal and Ángel Madrazo, who rode in the company of Joan Bou, a cyclist from Euskaltel, another team that has not failed any day in the escape. Yes, the Caja Rural, the third invited squad, missed the appointment for the first time. The adventurous trio were four and a half minutes ahead, but were always controlled by the large group, who did not want to waste the opportunity for a massive sprint.

Before being hunted, there was plenty of time for the cyclists to wear jerseys and for the spectators to inquire about them. Madrazo, El Gorrión, is a more well-known runner than the other two, a 33-year-old Cantabrian veteran who went through the World Tour in the ranks of Movistar, and who two editions ago won a high stage of the Vuelta in Javalambre, for the one who received a very special gift, a Playstation, after demanding it at the press conference. A whole character. His Burgos teammate, Carlos Canal, also has a history, because he is the youngest of the peloton, turning 20 on June 28, and in his youth days he was the Spanish cyclocross and mountain bike champion. A complete runner, in the style so fashionable that Van Aert, Van der Poel and Pidcock reflect, saving the differences. The third member, the Valencian Joan Bou, was trained at the Vinalesa de Quique Gutiérrez school, continued at the Alberto Contador Foundation and is tutored by Stefano Garzelli. Much prestigious sponsor.

And thus, while we learned details of one and the other, their adventure ended 13 kilometers from the finish line, after having rolled 153 km, from the start, with air in favor, a wind that this time did not blow with enough Malice to break up the platoon. The famous fans, beware the wolf is coming, they will have to wait again. Maybe this Wednesday, on the way to Albacete. Or maybe to the Valencian coast. You never have to trust yourself, as happened to the lying shepherd boy, because from saying so much that the wolf is coming, the wolf is coming, one day he will surely come.

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