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Fabio Jakobsen hits double in the Tour of Hungary

Fabio Jakobsen hits double in the Tour of Hungary

Friday 13 May 2022 at 17:52

Fabio Jakobsen has won the third stage in the Tour of Hungary. The Dutchman, who was also the best in the second stage yesterday, was fastest in the bunch sprint. Rudy Barbier was again second, Sasha Weemaes finished in third place. Thanks to his stage victory, Jakobsen also took over the leader’s jersey from Jens Reynders.

After two bunch sprints, in which Olav Kooij and Fabio Jakobsen respectively triumphed, the Tour of Hungary continued on Friday with a 154 kilometer stage between Sárospatak and Nyíregyháza. Again a sprint was expected, but this time it would happen without Kooij, who crashed hard yesterday and had to give up. Arvid de Kleijn was no longer there for the same reason. The leader’s jersey was worn today by Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

Van Poucke stronger in the mountain jersey
In the rainy and somewhat hilly initial phase, Reynders’ teammate Aaron Van Poucke, who was in possession of the mountain jersey, attacked together with four other riders. However, once the Belgian had taken the points on the first and only categorized slope of the day, he dropped back into the pack. Emil Dima (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due), Ricardo Alejandro Zurita (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Alessandro Fancellu (EOLO-Kometa) and Keegan Swirbul (Human Powered Health) were left at the front to defend a lead of more than two minutes .

The peloton had to stop for a moment – ​​photo: Cor Vos

At about eighty kilometers before the finish, however, they were suddenly almost overtaken. What had happened? The foursome had to stop at a closed railway crossing. But after the peloton had also been brought to a halt and the train had been allowed to pass, the refugees regained their lead of one and a half minutes at that time. After that, little happened for a while, although we did see a fall of Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo), who had finished fifth in the opening stage and finished fifth yesterday. However, the Italian was able to continue on his way.

Jakobsen the fastest
In the peloton, the pace was set by Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl and INEOS Grenadiers, which also had a fast man in the ranks with Elia Viviani. Led by these teams, the gap was slowly but surely narrowed, until there was nothing left of it at fifteen kilometers from the finish. Then it was a long trot towards the finish in Nyíregyháza. A bunch sprint would show who took the day victory.

In that bunch sprint, Jakobsen again showed himself the fastest. Frenchman Rudy Barbier of Israel-Premier Tech came in second, just like yesterday. The Belgian Sasha Weemaes finished (just before David Dekker) again in third place. So we had exactly the same stage as the day before. Tomorrow there will be a new leader: thanks to the bonuses at the finish, Jakobsen took over the leader’s jersey from Reynders.

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