Tour of Turkey - Fabio Jakobsen: It’s emotional to see all this outpouring of support on this special day
Apr 12 2021 01:12 am CET

Tour of Turkey - Fabio Jakobsen: It’s emotional to see all this outpouring of support on this special day
Tour of Turkey - Fabio Jakobsen: It’s emotional to see all this outpouring of support on this special day
Photo of Fabio Jakobsen © Wout Beel

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Fabio Jakobsen has started in a race for the first time in more than eight months at the Tour of Turkey and he has shared his experience on this first day.

The Dutchman rode for the last time in competition at the first stage of the Tour de Pologne, where he had the heavy crash that ended up with several serious injuries for him. It's been a long way for the rider, but at the first stage of the Tour of Turkey, he has finally returned to racing after so many difficult moments.

"In the morning, when I pulled on the Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey, I had a special feeling, which is difficult to put into words, especially as it came after so many months of watching my teammates race on TV," he said. "I love riding my bike and I missed it a lot, that’s why I am extremely happy to be here.

"It was good for me to make my return with a short stage and get used again to being in a peloton. I must admit that in the beginning, when they went right and left and the bunch had to brake a couple of times, I got a bit scared, but afterwards everything was fine and I even went to the head of the peloton and stayed in Iljo’s wheel, who was pulling, as I just wanted to enjoy being at the front."

Jakobsen was very touched by the messages he got from the peloton, and also other riders and fans on this first day back in competition. "In the first part of the stage, many riders – some of my generation, but also some older ones – came to me to exchange some words and it was a very touching moment when they told me how happy they were to see me back and how they all wished me well," he explained. "Now, after the stage, I checked my phone and I saw the messages I got from so many riders and fans, to whom I want to thank very much. It’s emotional to see all this outpouring of support on this special day.

"The goal was to conclude the day, but even so I tried to help the guys whenever it was possible. Then, with ten kilometres to go, I got lost a bit and couldn’t be there for the team in the finale, but being able to conclude my first race in so many months makes me proud and gives me a lot of confidence that I will improve going into next week. I look forward to being of more help for my teammates in the coming stages and enjoy every single moment I spend here."




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