Fabio Jakobsen triumphs in third stage of Tour of Turkey
Apr 18 2019 10:13 pm CET

Fabio Jakobsen triumphs in third stage of Tour of Turkey
Fabio Jakobsen triumphs in third stage of Tour of Turkey

Deceuninck-Fabio Jakobsen has been the fastest rider at the final sprint at the Tour of Turkey's Stage 3. The rider outsprinted San Bennett and Mark Cavendish.

The third day of the Turkish race took the riders through a 122.6-kilometre route that included a third-category climb and was bound to end in a bunch sprint. Six riders formed the escape of the day, but teams like Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Bora-hangrohe set a high pace in the pack to avoid the breakaway to survive until the end.

The escapees were caught with 15 kilometres to go and Deceuninck-Quick-Step did an outstanding job with Remco Evenepoel, Davide Martinelli, Michael Morkov and Alvaro Hodeg to position Jakobsen perfectly and allow him to take the victory. The Dutchman outsprinted the race leader Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who has taken his first top-five position since he was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus in 2018.

"Without my team, it would have been impossible to win, that's why this is their victory," said Jakobsen at the finish line. "Of course, I was the one who sprinted to the line but only after benefiting from their exceptional job. The last meters were slightly uphill, which played a bit into my favour, as I like this kind of finishes.

"It gives me great pleasure to rack up another victory and be on the top step of the podium in a World Tour race ahead of guys like Bennett and Cavendish. We came here for at least a success, we got it and now we'll see what else we can do on the remaining stages."

Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise's Christophe Noppe completed the top five of the day. Bennett has extended his lead in the General Classification one more day.



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