Overview

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta

Stage 1) PORTIMÃO/ LAGOS

PT Portugal, Wednesday 20 February 2019
199.1 km

First race of the season, first win for Jakobsen

First race of the season, first win for Jakobsen

He came, he saw, and helped by an incredible team, he conquered! Fabio Jakobsen didn’t waste any time on stage 1 of the Volta ao Algarve – at 199.1 kilometers, the longest of this edition, which took the peloton from Portimão to Lagos – notching up his maiden victory of the season, and the ninth of the team since January, following a spectacular sprint.

“It’s amazing to win my first race of the season after all the training in the winter, it’s a perfect start to the year. Both my family and the team supported me, I worked hard for this and it feels great to get a victory against so many strong sprinters and don the first leader’s jersey”, a delighted Fabio said before heading to the podium ceremony, where he collected two more jerseys – red (points classification) and white (best young rider standings).

As soon as the peloton rolled through the neutralised zone on Wednesday, five riders from local Portuguese Continental teams sparked a move and put around three and a half minutes between them and the pack, which was headed by Tim Declercq, who confirmed his “El Tractor” nickname, pulling for dozens and dozens of kilometres and making sure the gap remained a stable one.

With two insignificant climbs featuring in the first part of the course, the stage was never going to be a problem for the sprinters’ teams, who slowly made their way to the front of the bunch, bringing back both the original breakaway and the duo who attacked inside the final 40 kilometers, when it became clear that the first move of the day was all but doomed.

A big pile-up in the bunch, which occurred with seven kilometers to go, left only 30-40 riders at the front, Deceuninck – Quick-Step being well-represented there, with the likes of Yves Lampaert and Davide Martinelli, who organised the sprint train and stretched out the field going into the last kilometers. Under the flamme rouge, former Czech Champion Zdenek Stybar ramped up the pace, before Florian Sénéchal took over and provided a flawless lead-out for Fabio Jakobsen.

The Dutchman accelerated some 150 meters from the line, going past Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) and easily holding off the charges of Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), who rounded out the podium in Lagos, which hosted a stage finish for the third consecutive year. The small group that arrived to the line together with Jakobsen contained also Vuelta a España runner-up Enric Mas, who just like his teammate, kickstarted the season in Algarve.

“We trained here in the region this year and did a recon of the stage, so we knew the roads and that the small climb inside the final three kilometers was going to be hard and quite crucial. The boys kept the pace high there and protected me, before putting me in a perfect position for the sprint. This result motivates us even more and hopefully our great week will continue”, concluded Fabio, the 11th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to win a stage at the Portuguese race since 2007.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:52:59
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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3 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Jasper de Buyst
Lotto Soudal
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6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
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7 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
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8 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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9 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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10 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
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15 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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21 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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22 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:36
46 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:00
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:52:59
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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3 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Jasper de Buyst
Lotto Soudal
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6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
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7 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
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8 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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9 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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10 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
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15 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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21 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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22 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:36
46 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:00
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
20 pt
3 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
16 pt
4 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
13 pt
5 Jasper de Buyst
Lotto Soudal
10 pt
6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
8 pt
7 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
8 Pedro Paulinho
Efapel
5 pt
9 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4 pt
10 José Mendes
Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira
3 pt
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:52:59
2 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
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3 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
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4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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6 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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7 Ivo Pinheiro
Miranda - Mortágua
1:35
8 Antonio Ferreira
Vito-Feirense-Pnb
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9 Venceslau Fernandes
UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
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10 José Sousa
UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
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1 David Ribeiro
LA Aluminios
5 pt
2 Pedro Paulinho
Efapel
5 pt
3 Rafael Lourenco
UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
5 pt
1 Lotto Soudal 14:38:57
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
3 Team Sunweb ,,
4 UAE-Team Emirates ,,
5 BORA - hansgrohe 0:11
6 Trek - Segafredo 0:26
7 Team Sky ,,
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:37
9 Groupama - FDJ 0:38
10 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 2:10

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