La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 21) Fuenlabrada – Madrid

ES Spain, Sunday 15 September 2019
106.6 km

Vuelta a España: Fabio Jakobsen takes the glory in Madrid

Vuelta a España: Fabio Jakobsen takes the glory in Madrid

For the fourth consecutive year, Deceuninck – Quick-Step came out of the Vuelta a España as the most successful team. After four stage wins in 2016, six in 2017 and four again last season, the Wolfpack ended up winning five this time, including a masterpiece which from now on should have a prominent place in cycling manuals whenever ripping the peloton apart in the crosswinds is taught.

The icing on the cake was put by Fabio Jakobsen in the Spanish capital, after a textbook lead-out of his teammates, who controlled the last kilometers with the likes of Eros Capecchi, Tim Declercq, Philippe Gilbert, Rémi Cavagna, Zdenek Stybar and Maximiliano Richeze, the latter having the Dutch Champion tucked on his wheel. With 150 meters remaining, the 23-year-old Grand Tour debutant was in a perfect slot and launched the sprint down the middle of the road, emerging as the fastest from the bunch and sealing the deal on the line, half a bike length ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), who came runner-up.

By taking the victory, his seventh of a season which he kicked off in February, 23-year-old Jakobsen became the first Dutch rider since 1998 to win multiple road stages at a single edition of the Spanish Grand Tour, where he confirmed that he is destined for great things in the future.

“This is the biggest moment of my career so far. To win here, in the Dutch Champion jersey, is very special, but it wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates, to whom I am extremely grateful not just for today, but also for helping me make it through these tough three weeks. This win gives me a lot of happiness, I really can’t put it into words. I’m over the moon knowing that I will leave this brutal race with two victories in the bag!”

The third different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider in as many years to win on the final day of La Vuelta, Jakobsen analysed stage 21 of the race, but also shared what the whole experience of completing a Grand Tour meant for him: “To be honest, I didn’t expect to arrive to Madrid. I suffered a lot in these three weeks, but kept going. The first victory brought a huge relief, because it took off the pressure just four days into the race, while today’s success was completely unexpected. The guys were again fantastic, controlling the break and bringing me to the front when it mattered. All I had to do was follow Max and launch my sprint at the right moment, and on the line, I even threw my bike just for good measure.”

But it wasn’t all about winning for Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the Vuelta a España, but also about showing grit, determination, character, resilience and self-sacrifice, all traits of the unique Wolfpack, who stuck together even when things weren’t playing into our favour and kept fighting. One of these countless examples came on Saturday, when the team shepherded James Knox – who was suffering from the effects of a crash on stage 19 – helping him make it to the finish. For the British youngster, the disappointment of dropping out of the top 10 overall was big, but at the end of the day, he can look back on what he achieved with pride and confidence to the future, which promises to hold many beautiful moments for him.

“I am very proud of the team, and everyone involved in this race can feel the same. The guys did a superb Vuelta, and taking five stage victories with three different riders – Rémi, Philippe and Fabio – doing a good GC with James, who everyone could see how much he has improved since joining us, and equally important, showing our Wolfpack spirit every single day, are our highlights from a race that once again confirmed that we have the same hunger for results and mentality which have transformed us over the years in one of the best squads in the history of cycling”, Deceuninck – Quick-Step CEO Patrick Lefevere added.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:48:20
2 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
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4 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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5 Edvald Boasson Hagen
Team Dimension Data
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6 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
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7 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
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8 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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9 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Dion Smith
Mitchelton-Scott
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31 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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43 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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84 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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97 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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114 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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135 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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142 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
83:07:14
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2:33
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
2:55
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
3:46
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
4:48
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
7:33
7 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
10:04
8 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
12:54
9 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
22:27
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
22:34
11 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:55
32 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50:02
52 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:35:04
55 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39:31
78 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:27:05
121 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:26:16
145 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:06:45
148 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:20:32
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
155 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
136 pt
3 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
134 pt
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
132 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
100 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
76 pt
7 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
73 pt
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
69 pt
9 Tosh Van der Sande
Lotto Soudal
63 pt
10 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
62 pt
12 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59 pt
13 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56 pt
32 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
35 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
39 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
55 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
83:10:09
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:53
3 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:00
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
29:22
5 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
39:10
6 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
1:01:26
7 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
1:08:47
8 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
1:10:19
9 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
1:22:58
10 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:32:38
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:32:09
43 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:03:50
1 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R La Mondiale
76 pt
2 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
44 pt
3 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
42 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
38 pt
5 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
35 pt
6 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
31 pt
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
29 pt
8 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
24 pt
10 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
22 pt
15 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
32 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Movistar Team 248:26:24
2 Astana Pro Team 51:38
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:03:42
4 Mitchelton-Scott 2:26:47
5 AG2R La Mondiale 3:14:09
6 Team Sunweb 3:20:01
7 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 3:38:55
8 Bahrain Merida 3:45:14
9 Team Dimension Data 3:55:52
10 Team INEOS 4:00:34

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