Fabio Jakobsen basked in his second successive stage win in just twenty-four hours in Tour de Hongrie and took the lead in the overall standings.
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Rain and the slippery roads complicated things in the closing kilometers of Friday’s stage, but Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl dominated again the final sprint and the Dutch sprinter outpaced Rudy Barbier and Sacha Weemaes, the same two riders he beat on stage 2.
“This is another team win. Iljo did a very good job at the front, controlling the breakaway the entire day, while the other guys kept me sheltered and made sure we stayed together when things became hectic. In the finale, as some teams passed us, I tried to follow Florian, then we lost each other a bit and got boxed in, but we remained confident we could find each other again and that’s what we did,” said Jakobsen.
“After Florian peeled off the front, I surfed some wheels until 200 meters to go, and despite the wet roads, I could finish it off, which makes me happy. The yellow jersey comes as a nice bonus after this victory, which is good for the confidence following a month with no racing”, concluded the new overall leader of the Tour of Hungary after he delivered the 870th win in Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s history.