Fabio Jacobsen will wear the green jersey to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday, where he will be honored as the points classification winner at the Vueltaa after the final trial.
More than a year after having to fight for his life in a Polish hospital, the 25-year-old sprinter from Heukelum will be the fifth Dutch player to win the points classification at Volta. He was preceded by Bas Mallibard (1963), Jos van der Vleuten (1966), Jan Janssen (1967 and 1968) and Bock Mollema (2011) as the Dutch winner of the points classification at Volta.
On Saturday, he crossed the finish line for the final climb on the final mountain stage with his seven teammates from Deceuninck – Quick-Step, more than 41 minutes away from French stage winner Clément Champoussin. The eight Belgian team riders wrapped up the day’s results, but no one cared. The ecstasy was great with Jacobsen, who won three stages at the Vuelta aray.
“That’s cool,” said the runner, who got off his bike after finishing and held it victorious over his head. “I’m so happy I crossed the finish line with all the boys. Without them I wouldn’t have won these races and therefore I wouldn’t have been riding in the green. They always walked by my side. I love my teammates and I love being a part of Deceuninck – Quick-Step. I am very proud The past few days have been very difficult, legs are empty. I am happy with what I have achieved, I could not have wished for better. “
Jakobsen proved with his quick wins in Spain that he’s back in full swing after his heavy crash in Poland last year. With 250 points, it can no longer be tracked in the points rating. The Vuelta ends on Sunday with a 33.8-kilometre time trial from Santiago de Compostela. If nothing crazy happens, Jacobsen will be honored there with green.
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