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Stage winner Jakobsen did not dare to look when Bennett came next to him

2019-08-27T16:47:08.969Z

Fabio Jakobsen only knew on Tuesday that he had won the fourth stage in the Vuelta a España when he saw staff members cheer from his team Deceuninck - Quick-Step. The 22-year-old from Gelderland did not dare to raise his hands after jumping side by side with Irishman Sam Bennett in El Puig.



Fabio Jakobsen only knew on Tuesday that he had won the fourth stage in the Vuelta a España when he saw staff members cheer from his team Deceuninck - Quick-Step. The 22-year-old from Gelderland did not dare to raise his hands after jumping side by side with Irishman Sam Bennett in El Puig.

"I closed my eyes when I pushed my bike across the finish line. Sam was so close. When I saw people from my team cheer, I knew I had won," Jakobsen said in a first reaction after the finish line.

The Dutch champion was unable to participate in the mass sprint on Monday because he was trapped. Bennett was in a class of its own at the time. Jakobsen was brought in on Tuesday at the end of the fourth stage by team-mate Maximiliano Richeze.

"It was a perfect 'lead-out'. When it was my time to go, I went full on. I threw my bike over the line and it turned out to be enough."

"This is a big win"

Jakobsen has an unforgettable debut in a big round. He has won a few times at a slightly lower level, such as a stage in the BinckBank Tour and the Tour of California and the Scheldeprijs.

"I came to the Vuelta to win a stage. This is a big win, certainly because I am doing it in the Dutch champion jersey. I am so happy that I can put this win on my record at the age of 22."

Léon van Bon was the last to win a stage in a big round in red, white and blue. The now 47-year-old Gelderlander triumphed in 2000 as Dutch champion in the Tour de France.

See also: View the classifications of the Vuelta with Kelderman in place eight

Source: nunl

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