Fabio Jakobsen takes emotional win in Wallonie

Fabio Jakobsen takes emotional win in Wallonie

Wednesday 21 July 2021 - 19:11
Fabio Jakobsen takes emotional win in Wallonie

Fabio Jakobsen takes emotional win in Wallonie

Wednesday 21 July 2021 - 19:11

The Dutchman sprinted to his first victory since returning to cycling three months ago.

Fabio Jakobsen raised his hands for the first time in more than a year Wednesday afternoon, when he dashed to a special victory on the second stage of the Tour de Wallonie, held on the famous Zolder motorbike circuit.

Due to the severe floods that have hit the region last week, the stage was initially cancelled, but the organisers came fast with a plan B, which consisted of 30 laps of the 4km circuit which used to host Formula 1 races in the ‘70s and ‘80s, that made for a fast and entertaining stage. Seven riders animated the day, but in fairness their chances of making it were slim, as several teams joined forces to keep the gap in check before easily bringing them back with three laps to go.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front inside the last five kilometers, perfectly escorting Fabio Jakobsen into the final kilometer, where Bert Van Lerberghe provided a flawless lead-out for the 24-year-old. Jakobsen kicked out with the line in sight and produced a powerful turn of speed, holding off the other sprinters as he captured an emotional victory that marked the end of a long and difficult road.

Beaming with happiness, Fabio gave immediate thoughts after the race – just his fifth of the season – paying tribute to all the people that had stood beside him since his crash at last year’s Tour de Pologne: “I need to thank a lot of people: my girlfriend, my family, the doctors and the team – without them it wouldn’t have been possible. This is also their victory. I am so happy I am in this team and will be part of it in the future. Together we worked on my comeback and it panned out well.”

“It’s been quite a long comeback and to stand here today after that crash is an emotional moment for me, especially as my family is also here and they could see me do what I love so much and take the victory. These last couple of months have been a process where I made step after step, faced some setbacks at times, but continued fighting and believing in myself. I had already won several times before today, but being able to sprint and get the win is a big relief for me”, a smiling Jakobsen added.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:34:42
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
3 Amaury Capiot
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
4 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
5 Andrea Pasqualon
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
6 Marc Sarreau
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
7 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:00
8 Alexis Renard
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
9 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
0:00
10 John Degenkolb
Lotto Soudal
0:00
33 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
87 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
97 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
150 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
167 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40
1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
6:56:08
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:04
4 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:04
5 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:04
6 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
0:04
7 Erik Nordsaeter Resell
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:05
8 Amaury Capiot
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:06
9 Gianni Vermeersch
Alpecin-Fenix
0:06
10 Jenthe Biermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:07
36 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
97 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
101 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
116 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
165 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:00
1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
25 pt
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
24 pt
4 Amaury Capiot
Team Arkéa Samsic
21 pt
5 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
20 pt
6 Gianni Vermeersch
Alpecin-Fenix
15 pt
7 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
13 pt
8 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
10 pt
9 Andrea Pasqualon
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
8 pt
10 Rui Oliveira
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
1 Tom Paquot
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
12 pt
2 Stan Dewulf
AG2R Citroën Team
6 pt
3 Pim Ronhaar
Baloise - Trek Lions
6 pt
4 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
4 pt
5 Jenthe Biermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
4 pt
6 Elmar Reinders
Riwal Cycling Team
4 pt
7 Andreas Goeman
Tarteletto - Isorex
4 pt
8 Alexis Renard
Israel Start-Up Nation
2 pt
9 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
2 pt
10 Julius van den Berg
EF Education - Nippo
2 pt
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
6:56:15
2 Stan Dewulf
AG2R Citroën Team
0:01
3 Tom Paquot
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:02
4 Luca Mozzato
0:03
5 Jake Stewart
Groupama - FDJ
0:03
6 Alexis Renard
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:03
7 Jarrad Drizners
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:03
8 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
0:03
9 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
0:03
10 Fabio Van Den Bossche
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:03
27 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
1 UAE-Team Emirates 20:48:54
2 Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00
3 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
4 Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB 0:00
5 AG2R Citroën Team 0:00
6 Alpecin-Fenix 0:00
7 Lotto Soudal 0:00
8 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 0:00
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00
10 Riwal Cycling Team 0:00

Top results

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:34:42
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
3 Amaury Capiot
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
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