Birthday boy Jakobsen gets the perfect present at La Vuelta

Birthday boy Jakobsen gets the perfect present at La Vuelta

Tuesday 31 August 2021 - 18:37
Birthday boy Jakobsen gets the perfect present at La Vuelta

Birthday boy Jakobsen gets the perfect present at La Vuelta

Tuesday 31 August 2021 - 18:37

Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s sprinter becomes the first Dutchman in three decades to win three stages at a single edition of the race.

Fabio Jakobsen couldn’t have dreamed of a better birthday present on the day he turned 25. Clad in the green jersey he sports since the opening week of the race, the “Hurricane of Heukelum” made it a hat-trick of victories at the final Grand Tour of the season, in Santa Cruz de Bezana, a small Cantabrian town which welcomed the race for the first time.

The 180km stage wasn’t an easy one, a series of unclassified climbs testing the sprinters. On the hardest of these, with around 50 kilometers to go, several teams piled on the pressure, splitting the peloton, among those dropped being also Fabio. As soon as this happened, the Wolfpack rallied around its leader and clawed back time, helping Jakobsen bridge across inside the final 40 kilometers.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step remained at the front, bringing back the five escapees, and guiding its sprinter through the nervous final part of the stage, where also the GC teams made an appearance due to a brief threat of echelons. Coming out of the last corner, the Dutchman combined physical presence, positioning, timing and speed, and emerged again as the fastest thanks to another immensely huge sprint that gave absolutely no chance to his opponents.

“This victory belongs to my teammates. They brought me back when I was dropped, kept me at the front, worked hard to reel in the breakaway and made sure I was where I needed to be for the final part of the stage, which featured several tricky parts. I am happy I could gift them the victory on this beautiful day”, said an emotional Fabio, the first rider in 15 years to win at La Vuelta on his birthday.

“This time last year, I had no idea if I was going to be a bike rider again. I am extremely grateful to be here, able to fight for victory. I love the adrenaline this sport gives you, I love winning, and I love being part of the peloton and of this great team. To get my third stage here on my birthday, with the green jersey on my shoulders, it’s a dream. I’m over the moon, I really couldn’t be happier”, added Jakobsen after his fifth Grand Tour stage victory, which strengthened his grip on the points classification.

 

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Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:08:57
2 Jordi Meeus
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Matteo Trentin
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
4 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
0:00
5 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
0:00
6 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
7 Rui Oliveira
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
8 Riccardo Minali
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
9 Antonio Jesús Soto Guirao
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:00
10 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
51 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
92 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:37
95 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
102 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
110 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:35
145 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:28
154 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:32
1 Odd Christian Eiking
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
64:06:47
2 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:54
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:36
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:11
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Movistar Team
3:04
6 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
3:35
7 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
4:21
8 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
4:34
9 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:59
10 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
5:31
80 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:00:47
82 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:03:50
101 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20:37
121 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:37:28
140 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:57:23
147 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:10:04
154 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:20:50
158 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:30:44
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
250 pt
2 Matteo Trentin
UAE-Team Emirates
123 pt
3 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
114 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
110 pt
5 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
109 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
108 pt
7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
88 pt
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
75 pt
9 Jordi Meeus
BORA - hansgrohe
72 pt
10 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
70 pt
11 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
69 pt
38 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
47 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
74 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
89 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
1 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
50 pt
2 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
31 pt
3 Rafał Majka
UAE-Team Emirates
29 pt
4 Michael Storer
Team DSM
24 pt
5 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
6 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
15 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
8 Kenny Elissonde
Trek - Segafredo
11 pt
9 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
10 pt
10 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
9 pt
37 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
47 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-2 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
64:11:08
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
1:43
3 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
2:26
4 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
6:47
5 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
22:14
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
32:43
7 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
37:21
8 Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda Hernandez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
45:05
9 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
1:00:24
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
1:08:18
18 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:56:26
19 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:59:29
44 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:29
1 INEOS Grenadiers 92:19:54
2 UAE-Team Emirates 3:40
3 Bahrain - Victorious 6:48
4 Movistar Team 15:41
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 17:41
6 Trek - Segafredo 38:58
7 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 41:09
8 Astana - Premier Tech 59:29
9 AG2R Citroën Team 1:00:43
10 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:05:28

Top results

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:08:57
2 Jordi Meeus
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Matteo Trentin
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
See all race results

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