Fabio Jakobsen won the fourth stage in the Vuelta a España on Tuesday. After a largely flat ride, the Dutchman proved himself to be the strongest in the mass sprint and booked his first win in a big lap.
The 22-year-old Jakobsen pushed his wheel just a little earlier than the Irishman Sam Bennett, who had won the third stage on Monday. The German Max Walscheid from Team Sunweb finished third in El Puig, but was later disqualified. As a result, Fernando Gaviria completed the stage.
Jakobsen makes his big debut in the Vuelta. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step sprinter booked its sixth victory of the season on Tuesday, after winning the Scheldeprijs and winning the Dutch title on the road earlier this year.
There were no shifts in the top of the general classification. The Irishman Nicolas Roche from Team Sunweb still wears the red jersey with a small lead over the Colombians Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Urán.
For Steven Kruijswijk, the Vuelta came to an end on Tuesday. The shadow leader of Jumbo-Visma, who finished third in July in the Tour de France, sustained a knee injury on Saturday in his fall in the team time trial and remained bothered by it the last few days.
The Tour of Spain will continue on Wednesday with the first mountain stage of this edition. The peloton leaves from L'Eliana and arrives 170.7 kilometers later in Javalambre, arriving uphill.
Steven Kruijswijk got off in the fourth stage. (Photo: Getty Images)
Fourth stage colored by two refugees
The fourth stage took the peloton on a flat course to El Puig, with the Puerto del Oronet - a climb of 5.8 kilometers - just 60 kilometers from the finish as the only obstacle. The flight of the day was formed by Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Jorge Cubero (Burgos-BH), who quickly built up a minute-long lead.
At about 130 kilometers from the finish line - just before Kruijswijk squeezed the brakes - BORA-hansgrohe reported at the head of the pack to keep the margin within limits. The backlog became smaller and smaller and was only two minutes on top of the Puerto del Oronet.
The Cubero tank was empty at 31 kilometers from the finish, so Wallays was on its own from that moment on, but the Belgian solo was not long-lived either. Wallays was swallowed up with 18 kilometers to go by the thinned peloton, which was preparing for the inevitable mass sprint.
Rémi Cavagna provided a surprise in the final phase by attacking, but the Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider was caught 1.5 kilometers from the finish. His teammate Jakobsen, who was in excellent position in the run-up to the sprint, gave Quick-Step the first success this Vuelta and the 57th victory of this season.
The fourth stage of the Vuelta produced beautiful pictures. (Photo: Getty Images)