Fabio Jakobsen Shuts Down Rumors Of Rivalry With Mark Cavendish, Says The Worthy Will Go To Tour De France

"Also Cavendish [won one stage], but he's in the same team so it will be hard sprinting against him. As a sprinter, of course you watch all the races, but I also watch the mountain finishes because in the end I'm also a fan of cycling, so that's why I'm mentioning his [Philipsen's] name.
Fabio Jakobsen

As the Tour De France is approaching, so are the rumors that have to be taken with a grain of salt. Fabio Jakobsen from Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl has shut down all the rumors of rivalry with teammate Mark Cavendish. Jakobsen further said: “Only The Best Will Go”, what he means by this is that only the best will get to perform in the Tour De France.

The Dutch Sprinter is feeling better than before, this cycling season has been good to him, encouraging him to do better. His plans are always for the Tour De France, although he would be happy whatever the team makes, whatever happens, he will happily abide by that.



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From the start of this cycling season, Jakobsen has had many wins, out of the five sprints he took part in, he won four, which is incredible. He won two sprints at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and then two at the Volta ao Algarve.

Mark Cavendish has also not been coming slow, he won a stage of the UAE Tour and one other victory. Fabio Jakobsen said:

I think we all said the same thing, but I guess you want to end up with a rivalry. I’ve been in this team for four, five years, I started at the bottom so I’m kind of used to this. My planning goes towards there. But as Patrick said, if I’m not in shape Cav can go and Cav also has a plan. 

In the end, it’s always the best that goes. We don’t hand out selections in December, it’s just the plan. We are winning races, and that’s what we are bike riders for. The best will go… as everybody in the team will say. I guess we will see who that is.

Patrick Lefevere, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Team boss had this to say about the Tour De France situation:

I know that Fabio Jakobsen said at the media day in Calpe at the beginning of January that he is normally going (to the Tour), but I have a long list.

Let’s see how the situation pans out, will it be Fabio Jakobsen or Mark Cavendish in Tour De France? We won’t have to wait long to find out. Stay tuned for more updates!

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