Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen has celebrated turning 25 by securing a 3rd stage win at this 12 months’s Vuelta a Espana, sprinting to victory within the 180km stage 16 from Laredo to Santa Cruz de Benzana.
The Deceuninck-Fast-Step rider gained a hotly contested bunch dash forward of Jordi Meeus (Bora Hansgrohe), Matteo Trentin (UAE Workforce Emirates) and Australia’s Michael Matthews (Workforce BikeExchange).
“A birthday’s at all times a superb day, and I am over the moon with this victory,” Jakobsen stated.
“What we noticed immediately is the ‘wolfpack’. I used to be dropped on the climb however the group waited for me, they introduced me again and I gained the race.
“The one factor I can do is a brief, quick dash – they did every thing else immediately.”
On a day earmarked for the sprinters, there was extra early drama as one other crash noticed second-placed Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and fourth-placed Enric Mas (Movistar) down and distanced from the peloton.
In the identical incident, Italian Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), who began the day twelfth total, went down and later needed to abandon the race.
Up the highway, a six-man breakaway led till the ultimate 10km.
Lone survivor Stan Dewulf (AG2R-Citroen), who had pushed on alone, was caught with greater than 4km remaining because the sprinters got here to the fore.
Norwegian Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) completed with the peloton and stays within the chief’s crimson jersey, 54 seconds forward of Frenchman Martin and 1min:36sec forward of reigning champion Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).
The race goes into the mountains on Wednesday, with a 186km stage 17 boasting a third-category climb within the opening 35km.
That’s adopted by two ascents of the first-category La Collada Llomena earlier than a summit end on the hors-categorie Lagos de Codavonga.
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