Jakobsen on the podium in Knokke-Heist

Jakobsen on the podium in Knokke-Heist

Wednesday 12 June 2019 - 16:30

The 22-year-old came close to recording his fifth win of the season, but was denied by the break.

The 89th edition of the Belgium Tour started with a flat 180km stage that Deceuninck – Quick-Step controlled once five riders snapped the elastic, posting Iljo Keisse – who made his return to competition – at the front of the bunch to keep an eye on the gap. The experienced Belgian’s huge workload began paying dividends, as the deficit to the escapees gradually came down, hovering around one minute inside the last ten kilometers.

With five kilometers to go, only Jan-Willem van Schipp (Roompot-Charles) was still in the lead, having survived from the original breakaway, trailed by the peloton some half a minute behind. Deceuninck – Quick-Step continued to ride strongly at the front of the pack, giving their all to bring back the Dutchman, but the sole leader managed to hold off the chasers and take the victory, four seconds clear of a small group.

From there, Fabio Jakobsen sprinted and finished third for his ninth podium of the season, a result on which sports director Klaas Lodewyck gave his thoughts after the stage: “Today we took our responsibility and rode at the front from the beginning, but we didn’t get any support from the other teams, except Vital Concept and the Belgian National Team. We came short at the end and it’s a real pity, because Fabio is going well and we wanted to sprint for the win with him. But the form is there and we will try again in the next stages.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
4:15:14
2 Tim Merlier
Corendon - Circus
0:04
3 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
4 Lionel Taminiaux
Wallonie-Bruxelles
,,
5 Roy Jans
Corendon - Circus
,,
6 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
,,
7 Daan Soete
Pauwels sauzen - Bingoal
,,
8 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Cycling Academy
0:06
9 Arne Marit
Belgium
,,
10 Rudy Barbier
Israel Cycling Academy
,,
49 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
50 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
85 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
104 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
107 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
147 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
4:14:57
2 Tim Merlier
Corendon - Circus
0:15
3 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:17
4 Glenn Debruyne
Cibel
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5 Tom Dernies
Natura4Ever - Roubaix Lille Métropole
0:18
6 Lionel Taminiaux
Wallonie-Bruxelles
0:21
7 Roy Jans
Corendon - Circus
,,
8 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
,,
9 Daan Soete
Pauwels sauzen - Bingoal
,,
10 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Cycling Academy
0:23
51 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
52 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
87 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
105 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
108 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
148 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
30 pt
2 Tim Merlier
Corendon - Circus
25 pt
3 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
4 Lionel Taminiaux
Wallonie-Bruxelles
19 pt
5 Roy Jans
Corendon - Circus
17 pt
6 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
15 pt
7 Daan Soete
Pauwels sauzen - Bingoal
13 pt
8 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Cycling Academy
12 pt
9 Arne Marit
Belgium
11 pt
10 Rudy Barbier
Israel Cycling Academy
10 pt
1 Roompot - Charles 12:45:54
2 Corendon - Circus 0:02
3 Belgium 0:04
4 Wallonie-Bruxelles ,,
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
7 Telenet Fidea Lions 0:06
8 Astana Pro Team ,,
9 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team ,,
10 Tarteletto - Isorex ,,
11 Israel Cycling Academy ,,

Top results

1 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
4:15:14
2 Tim Merlier
Corendon - Circus
0:04
3 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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