Fabio Jakobsen, du traumatisme polonais à sa victoire sur le Tour au Danemark

Fabio Jakobsen, du traumatisme polonais à sa victoire sur le Tour au Danemark

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A terrifying fall in Poland

August 5, 2020 will forever mark the career of Fabio Jakobsen. In the fight for victory in the last meters of the first stage of the Tour of Poland, with his compatriot from the Jumbo-Visma formation Dylan Groenewegen, he was deported to the right of the road before violently hitting the security barriers. Launched at full speed, he suffered a cranial trauma and a fracture of the palate, before being plunged into an artificial coma. His vital prognosis is engaged. Two days later, the Dutchman came out of it at the cost of an operation lasting several hours. The images are impressive, the shock is just as much.

Return to competition in Turkey

The 24-year-old rider is back less than a year later, in April 2021, on the Tour of Turkey. Close to death eight months ago, he savors the simple fact of getting back on a bike: “ I’m doing pretty well, I’m rebuilding my physical condition. It feels good to be on a bike and really living like a professional cyclist again. “For his recovery race, he finished in the depths of the classification, but the essential is elsewhere. Fabio Jakobsen is able to chain the days of competition and has overcome apprehension to become a professional runner again. ” My goal will be to finish the race. I’m nervous, it’s all scaring me, but it’ll also make me feel alive “, he said before taking the start.

First victory in the Tour de Wallonie

Aware that he will not be aligned with the Tour de France in 2021, the Dutchman is competing in the Tour de Wallonie, on which he is able to mingle with the final packaging. He signed two resounding stage victories, the first in Zolder then Quaregnon, ahead of sprinters like Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Emirates), Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhuebeka-NextHash) or John Degenkolb (Lotto-Soudal).

Successes which will only be the beginnings of a Vuelta beyond its expectations, marking its return to the fore. After a first victory in the sprint against Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) during the fourth stage, he won two more (8th and 16th) and won the points classification ahead of Primoz Roglic. ” After my fall (at the Tour of Poland)the journey was long and difficult to return. It cost me a lot of effort. Many people believed in me. It is also their victory “, he admitted after the first of his three victories.

The discovery of the Tour de France

This 2022 season marks a new stage in the Dutchman’s career. Since Friday, he discovered the roads of the Tour and did not wait very long to shine there. Numerical replacement for Mark Cavendish, record holder for the number of victories on the Grande Boucle, Fabio Jakobsen settled Wout van Aert in the sprint during the second stage in Nyborg. A real deliverance, almost two years after a terrible accident which could have cost him his life. And there again, if the sprint victories have not failed to fall into his hands since the start of the year, he recalls that he “has come a long way. “To the delight of his family.

79%

Fabio Jakobsen has won 79% of the bunch sprints he has competed in this year. He is the strongest contributor to team Quick Step wins in the last two seasons, tied with Remco Evenepoel (18 wins each). (Fuoriclasse)

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