After winning the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice, Fabio Jakobsen is moving onto the bigger game, said he is just getting started. Out of the seven contested sprint races, Jakobsen has won six and that is just in two weeks, with time, he will only get better.
Jakobsen loves doing daring stuff, and that is how he won the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice, he went out of his comfort zone and attacked the rival cyclists with an explosive sprint. When the dust cleared, and cyclists were gasping for air, Fabio Jakobsen emerged on the top, beating both Wout Van Aert and Christophe Laporte.
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Before he won the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Jakobsen’s team boss Patrick Lefevere referred to the stages of this season as ‘aperitif’ and main course. Jakobsen was reflecting back on that, he is currently at the aperitif stage and will now be moving on to the main course, which happens to be the Tour De France.
After winning Paris-Nice, Jakobsen stated:
These are the races you want to win, especially here at Paris-Nice. Lefevere would say ‘the previous races were aperitifs, now we have begun the starter’. This was beautiful, and from here we’ll continue.
At first, we have wind and sprints and then we go to the mountains, so I have to do it in the first days. Yesterday turned out to be too hard, so we focussed on today.
We are not trying to throw shade at the other amazing riders of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, but we can also say that Jakobsen is the fastest man of the year as of right now, and he won’t be giving up his throne anytime soon. This is not just a solo effort though, he also had invaluable support from his teammates every now and then.
Here at QuickStep, we like racing in the crosswinds. There were four of us in the front. I’m glad I could finish it off. It certainly wasn’t easy; the guys from Jumbo-Visma were again among the strongest.
Lampaert did an important turn on the front for me. Styby took over, then Sénéchal maybe waited a little too long. So [Laporte and Van Aert] went first, but in the end, I was always out of the wind behind them. I sprinted up to Van Aert’s wheel and passed him on the left in the sprint with an uphill run, in the end, the way I like it.
Fabio Jakobsen is turning into a behemoth of a cyclist, taking his down or surpassing him down will be no small task. Let’s see how many other victories does the Dutchman grabs. Stay tuned for more updates!
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