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Jakobsen: ‘My father always said: first cross the line and then cheer’
Fabio Jakobsen stood in front of the camera beaming after his stage victory in the Tour de France, the round in which he will make his debut this year. “This makes me happy and happy. This is what I train for…”
The victory was not easy. It was only in the last meters that he rushed past Wout van Aert, thinking of a life lesson from his father. “He used to say: first cross the line and then put your hands up.”
Watch the sprint again here:
Jakobsen sprints to victory in second Tour stage
Just two years ago, the situation of the 25-year-old sprinter was very different. After a terrible crash in the Tour of Poland, he didn’t think about cycling for a while and feared for his life in the intensive care unit of a Polish hospital.
A long and tough rehabilitation period followed, something he still remembers after his first stage victory in the Tour de France. “After what happened, I’m glad I can still do this. I’m especially very grateful. And for everyone who helped me, this is repaying a part.”
Immediately after the finish, the realization of what he has done in Nyborg, Denmark, is not quite there. “It always has to sink in. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. This is pay for work.”
Awareness sinks in with Jakobsen: “Glad that I can still do this after what happened”
Jakobsen has praise for his teammates. After jersey wearer Yves Lampaert had fallen and Michael Mørkøv had brought the Belgian back, Jakobsen’s two sprinters drove straight ahead.
Despite the extra effort, they still had enough energy left to help the Dutchman win. “I am grateful to the boys. This shows what kind of team we have.”
And Mørkøv, in turn, is proud of Jakobsen’s achievement. “I am a big fan of Fabio”, said the Dane, who, like Jakobsen, joined the QuickStep team five years ago. “Then I saw what kind of character he had and I already said that he would be the man for the future. And now he is the man to beat.”
Mørkøv: ‘Proud that Jakobsen takes his first stage win here in Denmark’
Jakobsen sports director Peeters: “Everyone enjoys this victory by Fabio”
Van Aert in yellow after second second place: ‘A lot of respect for Jakobsen’
Sports director Wilfried Peeters also praises the character of his pupil. “His fighting spirit, his character, that’s what brought him here. As a team and as people we are very happy with this victory.”
“At the moment he is one of the fastest sprinters”, Peeters continues. “This season he may have only really beaten it once, the other times he has won.”
On Saturday afternoon, he was too quick for Wout van Aert, among others. The Belgian from Jumbo-Visma only had positive words left for the winner of the day. “When you see how he has started to grow in recent years, you can only respect that. And above all he is a super friendly guy.”
At Jakobsen and the QuickStep team, there will be a toast on Saturday evening to the second stage win in a row. At Dylan Groenewegen, disappointment prevailed. He crossed the line in eighth. “You always come for more. There are still opportunities coming of course, but that is one less now.”
Groenewegen was stuck against the boarding: ‘I am at my best after disappointments’
Groenewegen indicates that he partly left it behind in the final meters. “I got boxed in,” explains the BikeExchange rider. “Peter Sagan almost fell for me and then you’re behind things you don’t want to see.”
He is referring to near falls. Groenewegen then no longer got around to sprinting and no longer participated for the victory, but that could be different on Sunday. “Usually I’m at my best after a disappointment. We’ll see tomorrow.”
The Tour at the NOS
Dione de Graaff will look back on the second stage in De Avondetappe tonight from 9.26 pm. Bo Hamburger, Sven Nys and Roxane Knetemann sit at the table. The Evening Stage can be seen on NOS.nl, in the NOS app and on NPO 1.
The third stage of the Tour de France can be seen live on NOS.nl, in the NOS app and on NPO 1 from 2.10 pm. Of course, the race can also be followed in Radio Tour de France on NPO Radio 1, from 2 pm. .