Tour de France: Fabio Jakobsen says admiration for Groenewegen has completely disappeared since the fall

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SØNDERBORG, Denmark (VN) – Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) praised Dylan Groenewegen for his stage-winning sprint on day three of the Tour de France, but said he’s lost all admiration for his compatriot since he caused him to fall at high speed two years ago.

Jakobsen has had a litany of injuries and spent weeks in hospital after Groenewegen squeezed him into the barriers at the 2020 Tour of Poland, resulting in him driving through them at high speed. Groenewegen was subsequently banned for nine months by the UCI for his involvement in the incident.

The two riders have been pitted against each other in the Tour de France in recent days, with Jakobsen claiming victory on stage two and Groenewegen taking victory on stage three. Although it’s a great moment for the Dutch sprint, Jakobsen says he can’t be happy about Groenewegen’s win.

“I think he shows that he is a good sprinter and that he can win. I have to say before the crash I admire him palmares, and I looked up to him a bit but that’s completely gone now after the fall and the mistake he made. I think this is normal. It’s nice for him to win, but it doesn’t really affect me,” Jakobsen told the press in front of his team bus.

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After storming to victory on the opening sprint stage at Nyborg, Jakobsen was the overwhelming favorite to win at Sonderburg. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl had a prime spot near the front of the peloton, but it all went wrong in the final corner.

Jakobsen had to slow down to avoid a rider who misjudged the corner and found himself significantly out of place as the group sped towards the finish line. As if to compound the problem, his normally perfect run-out move hadn’t noticed that the Dutchman was gone, only noticing him when Michael Mørkøv jumped off to give him free rein.

“I think the team did a perfect job up to the last corner. All the guys worked very hard and it was pretty easy for the bikes,” explained Jakobsen.

“I think we should have stayed a little more to the right with Florian in the last corner [Sénéchal] so nobody could happen. Well, there was a guy from Wanty, he came and squeezed through. He missed the corner and put me out of position.

“I lost five places and then I decided to stay calm and hope that Michael Mørkøv swings out. Unfortunately he thought I was behind the wheel, I wasn’t and I think I lost my chance to sprint for the win because I was just too far behind. It’s also sprinting, but you can understand that I’m a little frustrated by that, but this is elite sport and I like winning and I like performing, especially for my teammates because they’ve been working all day . I’ve got it in my legs, the speed is there to get out there and get on the line.”

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