Fabio Jakobsen's victory closes successful Tour of Slovakia for Quick-Step Floors
Sep 17 2018 05:21 am CET

Fabio Jakobsen's victory closes successful Tour of Slovakia for Quick-Step Floors
Fabio Jakobsen's victory closes successful Tour of Slovakia for Quick-Step Floors
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Fabio Jakobsen has won the last stage of the Tour of Slovakia and put the icing on the cake for a very successful race for his Quick-Step Floors. The team took the overall win with Julian Alaphilippe and three stage victories.

Quick-Step Floors started its dominance of the race from the prologue, where four of its riders were on the top five at the end of the day. Bob Jungels took the victory of the 1.9-kilometre time trial and took the first leader's jersey of the race.

The first stage of the Slovak race included several climbs and an uphill finish. Quick-Step Floors set a high pace at the last climb and managed to break the peloton into pieces. Julian Alaphilippe launched a late attack and crossed the finish line in first position, 11 seconds before Jan Tratnik (CCC), and taking the GC lead.

The next stage of the race had a profile that included five climbs but featured a fast finish. Even though the peloton was compact in the last kilometres, a group of five riders managed to break free with three kilometres to go and got to the end together. The fastest man of this reduced group was Bora-hansgrohe's Rüdiger Selig and Alaphilippe maintained the lead of the overall standings.

The third stage took the riders through a 180.6-kilometre route that had three climbs but a flat finish, making it a day for the fast men. The pack arrived together to the end and despite the efforts of Quick-Step Floors to position Fabio Jakobsen, Bora-hansgrohe's Matteo Pelucchi was the fastest man ahead of the Dutchman and Yves Lampaert.

The last day of racing in Slovakia was 161.8 kilometres long over a completely flat route that was the last showcase for the fast men. At the end of the day, Jakobsen got his revenge and outsprinted Pelucchi and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis). Alaphilippe arrived to the finish line with the pack and took the final victory of the race.




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