Deceuninck-Quick-Step announced the selection for the Tour of Turkey and Fabio Jakobsen is part of it. For the Dutch sprinter it will be his first race since his nasty crash in the Tour of Poland last year.
“We are happy and excited to have Fabio back with the team. Of course, he was with us at the winter training camp, but now it’s different and we are glad to see that the progress he has made over the past months has brought him here, at the start of his first race since last August. It goes without saying that the most important thing for him will be to take it day by day, find his rhythm again and ease back into racing after the long break he had”, said Rik Van Slycke.
Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s sports director continued: “This year’s Tour of Turkey puts on the table many stages which should end up in a bunch sprint and we look forward to those. There will be some opportunity for our fast guys, who will rely on a strong team capable of controlling the race and delivering a solid lead-out. It’s a beautiful race and we are glad to be going there and hopefully get some good results.”
Fresh off a solid third place in Scheldeprijs, Mark Cavendish will make his second outing of the season in a stage race, the Manxman returning to Turkey after having racked up a total of seven stage victories at his previous participations. Shane Archbold, Alvaro Hodeg, Iljo Keisse and Stijn Steels will round out the Belgian team for the eight-day race.