15 Aug 2023 at 18:24
Fabio Jakobsen finished second on Tuesday in the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark. For the Dutchman it was his first race since his retirement in the Tour de France. Primoz Roglic made his comeback in the Tour of Burgos.
Jakobsen won the sprint for second place after 169.9 kilometers to and from Aalborg in six seconds, leaving the Dane Mads Pedersen behind. The considerably thinned peloton came six seconds too late to catch up with Norwegian Søren Waerenskjold, who had broken away in the final.
A month ago, the 26-year-old Jakobsen gave up in the Tour. The Soudal Quick-Step sprinter did not start the twelfth stage anymore, because he suffered too much from the injuries resulting from a heavy crash.
Logically, Jakobsen is also second in the general classification. He is ten seconds behind Waerenskjold, who recorded his third win of the season. The 23-year-old Uno-X Pro Cycling rider won a stage in the Tour of Belgium and the Tour of Saudi Arabia earlier this year.
The Tour of Denmark lasts until Saturday. The stage race continues on Wednesday with a hilly stage over 163.6 kilometers from Kjellerup to Silkeborg.
Primoz Roglic (right) rode his first race in Spain since the end of May. Photo: Getty Images
Roglic makes a comeback in the Tour of Burgos
In the Tour of Burgos, Roglic finished in the peloton in the opening stage over 161 kilometers from Villalba de Duero to Burgos. The leader of Jumbo-Visma took action for the first time since his overall victory in the Giro d’Italia at the end of May.
Roglic is preparing in Burgos for the Vuelta a España, which starts on August 26 with a team time trial through Barcelona. The Slovenian previously completed an altitude training in preparation for the Tour of Spain.
The first stage in Burgos was won by Juan Sebastián Molano. The Colombian was by far the strongest in the bunch sprint. Molano stayed ahead of the Spaniard Iván García Cortina and the Italian Jumbo-Visma rider Edoardo Affini.
The Tour of Burgos continues on Wednesday with a team time trial over 13 kilometers from Oña to Poza de la Sal. The Spanish stage race ends on Saturday.