Fabio Jakobsen celebrates in Tour de Wallonie: To stand here after that crash is an emotional moment for me
Jul 22 2021 05:05 am CET

Fabio Jakobsen celebrates in Tour de Wallonie: To stand here after that crash is an emotional moment for me
Fabio Jakobsen celebrates in Tour de Wallonie: To stand here after that crash is an emotional moment for me
Photo of Fabio Jakobsen © Wout Beel

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Fabio Jakobsen has taken the victory of the second stage in the Tour de Wallonie, his first win since his accident in 2020.

It has been a long road for the Dutchman to return to the top of bunch sprints. The rider suffered an extremely hard crash during the first stage of the Tour de Pologne -that involved Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen- and more than a year later, he can celebrate in Belgium.

"I need to thank a lot of people: my girlfriend, my family, the doctors and the team – without them, it wouldn't have been possible," said Jakobsen. "This is also their victory. I am so happy I am in this team and will be part of it in the future. Together we worked on my comeback, and it panned out well.

"It's been quite a long comeback and to stand here today after that crash is an emotional moment for me, especially as my family is also here, and they could see me do what I love so much and take the victory. These last couple of months have been a process where I made step after step, faced some setbacks at times, but continued fighting and believing in myself. I had already won several times before today, but being able to sprint and get the win is a big relief for me."




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