Jakobsen: “A dream come true”

August 17 th 2021 - 18:13 [GMT + 2]

Fabio Jakobsen: “It's a dream come true. After the crash [at the Tour de Pologne one year ago], it was a long way back. But I'm happy I'm here. It took a lot of time and a lot of efforts by a lot of people. This is also their victory. I'm talking about the doctors, the surgeons, the medical staff in Poland until my second family here, the team, and everybody in between. It's also my family's victory because they are the reason why I am here. It was a hectic bunch sprint. All the GC teams wanted to be in front. We understand that. At 3km from the finish we tried to take over. There was a small climb but at the end we tried to find Bert [van Lerberghe] and Styby [Zdenek Stybar] who took me to the downhill in 15th to 20th position then Bert took me to the front. I could start my sprint on the inside. There was a slight turn to the right. There I found the wheel of [Arnaud] Démare. I think he was the guy to beat today. I just had a little bit more in the legs at the end. I'm happy I could pass him. I wasn't sure I could do it but I'm glad I did it for my teammates because this is also their victory."

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