On debut in Tour de France, Jakobsen immediately wins in first bunch sprint | NOW

Fabio Jakobsen immediately won the first bunch sprint on his debut in the Tour de France. The Dutchman from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl was just a little faster than Wout van Aert on Saturday in Nyborg, Denmark, who did take the yellow jersey.

Jakobsen had to come from quite a distance in the bunch sprint, but the timing of the 25-year-old Dutchman turned out to be perfect. Just before the finish, he sped past Van Aert and former world champion Mads Pedersen.

Based on his results this season, Jakobsen was considered one of the top favorites. He already booked ten victories this season and forced a place in the Tour selection of Quick-Step, at the expense of Mark Cavendish.

It is not his first Grand Tour win for Jakobsen. The sprinter from Hierden has already been successful five times in the Vuelta a España (twice in 2019 and three times in 2021). In the intervening period, he was sidelined for a long time after a very serious fall in the Tour of Poland, where he was even in life-threatening condition for a time.

In Jakobsen’s wake, Danny van Poppel also rode a great sprint. The BORA-hangrohe rider finished fourth. Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco) was the third Dutchman in the top ten in eighth place.

Despite his second place, Van Aert had a beautiful day. Thanks to bonus seconds, the Belgian from Jumbo-Visma took over the lead from his compatriot Yves Lampaert – Friday winner of the opening time trial – and is allowed to don the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

Attacker Cort takes first mountain jersey

Just like Friday in Copenhagen, the crowd in the starting place Roskilde had turned out en masse. Magnus Cort was inspired and became the first attacker of the Tour. The Dane was joined by three other riders with the Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrøm and the French Pierre Rolland and Cyril Barthe.

On the Côte d’Asnaes, the first of three climbs of the fourth category, the two Scandinavians broke away. Cort secured the mountain jersey and Bystrøm was not left empty-handed either. He held out the longest from the escapees and that earned him the prize for most combative rider.

Bystrøm did not come close to the stage victory. With 30 kilometers to go, the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert rider was caught, causing a compact peloton to start on the kilometre-long Great Belt Bridge.

Yellow jersey wearer Yves Lampaert was involved in a crash.


Yellow jersey wearer Yves Lampaert was involved in a crash.

Yellow jersey wearer Yves Lampaert was involved in a crash.

Photo: AP

Yellow jersey wearer Lampaert falls on bridge

Although fan formation was taken into account, the much-discussed bridge ultimately turned out not to be a executioner. Due to the stress in the peloton, a number of riders, including Lampaert, fell clumsily.

The yellow jersey wearer was able to return quickly, just like classification rider Rigobero Urán. All top sprinters stayed out of trouble, just like with a big crash in the final phase. Jakobsen then finished it off beautifully in Nyborg.

Tadej Pogacar crossed the line behind due to a puncture. Because that happened within the last 3 kilometers, the time loss is not charged to the defending champion.

A radiant Fabio Jakobsen on stage in Nyborg.


A radiant Fabio Jakobsen on stage in Nyborg.

A radiant Fabio Jakobsen on stage in Nyborg.

Photo: AFP