Paris-Nice: Jakobsen celebrates in Orléans

Paris-Nice: Jakobsen celebrates in Orléans

Fabio Jakobsen powered to his first World Tour win of the season with another phenomenal sprint at the end of a stage battered by ruthless crosswinds and broken into numerous echelons just 70 kilometers from the start.

After leaving behind Auffargis, the peloton allowed three men to open a gap, but things quickly changed shortly after passing through Dourdan, the site of two Eddy Merckx victories back in the ‘70s. The wind picked up and soon the bunch splintered, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl being one of the teams that decided to spread chaos. This spelled the end of the breakaway, and despite a brief regrouping with 60 kilometers to go, the field was again chopped to pieces once the wind intensified.

Having four members in the newly-formed front group, the Wolfpack made sure of controlling every attempt and setting a pace that prevented the chasers from rejoining the group that numbered around 30 men. As they entered Orléans, which returned as a stage finish for the first time since 2012 – when Tom Boonen won – Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl took over the reins again and stormed to the front with Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar and Florian Sénéchal, who dominated the finale, providing another outstanding lead-out to Fabio Jakobsen.

The Dutchman – who less than ten days ago came out on top at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne – blew past his opponents with an incredible rush to the line inside the last 100 meters, taking his maiden Paris-Nice win and the team’s 12th success of the season.

“We knew that today would be a day of echelons and we love them, so we were prepared for what was to come. It wasn’t easy and there was a lot of nervousness the entire stage, but we remained confident and very motivated. Being in four riders meant we could control things at the end, where Yves did a huge pull over the bridge until the last kilometer, then Styby took over and Florian sheltered me until I could launch my sprint. I like winning and I’m happy I could take my first victory here and continue this good start to the season”, explained Jakobsen after notching up Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s 17th stage success at Paris-Nice.

 

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Race details

1 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:22:54
2 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Christophe Laporte
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
4 Luka Mezgec
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:00
5 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
6 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
7 Luca Mozzato
0:00
8 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
9 Oliver Naesen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
10 Cees Bol
Team DSM
0:00
18 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
24 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
38 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:26
74 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:29
91 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:43
132 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:07
1 Christophe Laporte
Jumbo-Visma
7:11:15
2 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
0:05
3 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
0:11
4 Pierre Latour
TotalEnergies
0:36
5 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:38
6 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:39
7 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
0:39
8 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:39
9 Bryan Coquard
Cofidis
0:39
10 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
35 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:29
46 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:08
49 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:21
132 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:46
147 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:10
1 Christophe Laporte
Jumbo-Visma
27 pt
2 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
23 pt
3 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
12 pt
5 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
6 Pierre Latour
TotalEnergies
7 pt
7 Luka Mezgec
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
7 pt
8 Yevgeniy Fedorov
Astana Qazaqstan Team
6 pt
9 Alexis Gougeard
6 pt
10 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
5 pt
20 Zdeněk Štybar
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
21 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
2 Alexis Gougeard
5 pt
3 Philippe Gilbert
Lotto Soudal
4 pt
4 Aimé De Gendt
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
4 pt
5 Wout van Aert
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
2 pt
7 Frederik Frison
Lotto Soudal
2 pt
8 Christophe Laporte
Jumbo-Visma
1 pt
9 Yevgeniy Fedorov
Astana Qazaqstan Team
1 pt
10 Senne Leysen
Alpecin-Fenix
1 pt
11 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Stan Dewulf
AG2R Citroën Team
7:11:54
2 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
3 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education-EasyPost
0:14
4 Luca Mozzato
0:34
5 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
1:29
6 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
1:29
7 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:29
8 Brandon McNulty
UAE Team Emirates
1:29
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:29
10 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
1:37
1 Jumbo-Visma 21:34:36
2 AG2R Citroën Team 1:06
3 Trek - Segafredo 1:06
4 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 1:06
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:32
6 TotalEnergies 1:41
7 Team DSM 1:44
8 BORA - hansgrohe 2:00
9 Cofidis 2:22
10 Bahrain - Victorious 2:35

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