Jakobsen hat-trick

On his 25th birthday, the Dutchman from Deceuninck gave himself his third victory in La Vuelta 2021, fifth overall in the national round.


Fabio Jakobsen gave himself his fifth victory in La Vuelta, third in this edition, on his 25th birthday. An accident caused by Dylan Groenewegen at the 2020 Tour of Poland left him toothless and severely facially injured. It seemed that his progression was in jeopardy. After months of expensive rehabilitation and tuning to feel like a “cyclist again”, he is back as the best sprinter in the national round. For now, he has accumulated five wins in 2021, two in Wallonia and three in La Vuelta. The ways it pointed out when it hatched in 2019, smell, positioning and power in the decisive meters, are preserved intact. In his record there are 23 goals, and those that are yet to be scored.

The peloton imploded with a full blast start and a pileup at kilometer five. There was a desire to test the legs after the rest day ... and people resumed the fast race. Guillaume Martin, second overall, and Enric Mas, fourth, were cut off, but rejoined the group without apparent problems. Although the Balearic took a blow to the tailbone. On the eve of the Asturian high mountain doublet, a very bad time to suffer physical problems. Giulio Ciccone had a harder time joining, apart from several visits to the medic car for injuries. In the end he made the decision to leave, like Sep Vanmarcke. The 26-year-old Italian was serving for the first time as a solo boss in a big one with Trek. He was 12th and was ambitious for the top-five.

Bol (Burgos), Bizkarra (Euskaltel), Simmons (Trek), Dewulf (Ag2r) and Claeys (Qhubeka) formed the fugue. The usual Caja Rural runner was missed to serve as guests of the organization, but the fall affected the Navarrese team completely. Álvaro Cuadros tried to contact them when Azparren, Brambilla, Calmejane, Madrazo, Okamika, Van Gils and Vanhoucke left in Alto de Hijas, although only the last one, a Belgian SUV from Lotto Soudal, joined the adventure. However, he paid for the effort and took off the hook first. Only Stan Dewulf endured the pulse on the slope of Liencres, and ended up being hunted four kilometers from the goal.

The UAE increased the pace in San Cipriano and even cut Jakobsen. The Vuelta was entering Cantabria, the region of its manager, and Matxin, a good connoisseur of the seesaw of the stage, wanted his boys to eliminate the fast men in favor of Matteo Trentin. But the Deceuninck did not break down. First, to wipe out the disadvantage. Later, to launch the wearer of the green jersey, which practically sentenced this secondary classification. The red one is another story. Odd Christian Eiking faces the chained Lagos-Gamoniteiro with 54 ”over Martin, 1:36 against Primoz Roglic and 2:11 against Enric Mas. Either the publicized battle against the Slovenian is unleashed ... or it paints a domain like that of 2019 and 2020.

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