La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 4) Cullera – El Puig

ES Spain, Tuesday 27 August 2019
175.5 km

Fabio Jakobsen breaks the ice at La Vuelta a España

Fabio Jakobsen breaks the ice at La Vuelta a España

Fabio Jakobsen made himself a beautiful and memorable early birthday present, four days before turning 23, taking the victory in El Puig by the narrowest of margins, on what was the sprinters’ final opportunity on this opening week of the race. Put in a perfect position by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates on the straight run to the line, Fabio kicked out with 200 meters to go, and despite a late surge of his opponents, he held on for his sixth victory of the season.

“It was a really tight finish and I just threw my bike to the line and closed my eyes. I found out that I had won only when I saw the guys from the team cheering. I am very happy, I really can’t put it into words. I came here to discover and learn, but I was confident I could pull it off and now I’m just savouring this victory”, Fabio said, beaming with happiness.

Just two riders decided to go in the break on stage 4, and despite a five-minute maximum advantage, they were an easy prey for the peloton, where several riders – including Tim “El Tractor” Declercq – worked together to keep the gap in check and bring the duo back inside the final 20 kilometers. It all pointed to a classic bunch sprint, but Rémi Cavagna had other plans and the Frenchman launched an attack six kilometers from the finish, putting the pressure on the other teams, helped also by the numerous roundabouts sprinkled along the route.

Cavagna came 1200 meters short of the biggest victory of his career, but his effort still paid dividends, the other teams’ sprint trains being derailed by the frantic chase. This worked in favour of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who took command of the race under the flamme rouge with Zdenek Stybar. The Czech’s effort stretched out the field before Max Richeze emerged with 600 meters remaining – with Fabio Jakobsen tucked on his wheel – and gave another sensational lead-out to the young Dutchman, who dashed to victory ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and netted Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 27th stage win at the Vuelta a España.

“On Monday we hesitated a bit and at the end we were disappointed, but today we took the initiative and dominated the finale. Tim controlled the breakaway, Rémi showed again how strong he is, then Styby and Max provided a superb lead-out and proved again why they are some of the best in the business. I want to thank the entire Wolfpack, because without them this great victory wouldn’t have been possible.”

The fourth Dutch Champion in history to claim a stage at the Spanish Grand Tour, Fabio explained also the significance of this victory, which came just four days into his maiden Grand Tour: “It’s a sprinter’s dream to win in a Grand Tour, and for me, to take a stage while wearing the Dutch Champion jersey, is something unforgettable. I worked hard the entire year for this and today’s result gives me a lot of satisfaction. I am still young, have the entire future ahead of me, and I hope this victory will be the first in a long line of successes.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:04:16
2 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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5 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
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6 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
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7 Edvald Boasson Hagen
Team Dimension Data
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8 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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9 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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10 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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86 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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102 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:30
152 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:12
1 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
13:55:30
2 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:02
3 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
0:08
4 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
0:22
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:33
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:35
7 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:37
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:38
9 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
0:46
10 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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18 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
23 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:41
24 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:39
80 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:49
85 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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90 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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118 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:15
1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
45 pt
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
25 pt
4 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
25 pt
5 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
22 pt
6 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
22 pt
7 Nicolas Roche
Team Sunweb
20 pt
8 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
9 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
17 pt
10 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
17 pt
11 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
33 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
13:56:03
2 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:04
3 Alex Aranburu Deba
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:37
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:07
5 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:08
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
1:13
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
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8 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
1:22
9 Mark Padun
Bahrain Merida
1:32
10 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:39
23 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:06
27 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:47
1 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
15 pt
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
5 pt
3 Sander Armée
Lotto Soudal
4 pt
4 Jelle Wallays
Lotto Soudal
3 pt
5 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
3 pt
6 Jonathan Lastra Martínez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
3 pt
7 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
2 pt
8 Héctor Sáez Benito
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
2 pt
9 Jorge Cubero Gálvez
Burgos-BH
2 pt
10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
1 pt
1 Team Sunweb 41:19:06
2 EF Education First 0:02
3 Movistar Team 0:06
4 Mitchelton-Scott 0:16
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:35
6 UAE-Team Emirates 1:02
7 Astana Pro Team 1:33
8 AG2R La Mondiale 2:10
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ,,
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:34

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