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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Tour: Jacobsen beats Van Aert in the end, wins second stage

NYBORG, Denmark ( Associated Press) – Dutchman Fabio Jacobsen beat Vout van Aert to win the second leg of the Tour de France as Belgium claimed the yellow jersey from the overall leader.

It’s been a long way for Jacobsen.

Two years ago I was in an induced coma. He required five hours of cranial and facial surgery after Dylan Groenewegen saw him fly through the roadblocks near the end of the Tour of Poland.

“Today is ‘incredible’, as we say in French. It’s been a long process, step by step. A lot of people helped me come back, so with this win I can match them,” Jacobsen said. “I’m happy to be able to enjoy the race and take the win. The team put me in a good position at the end of the bridge.”

It was the first time Jacobsen had won the Tour stage since Yves Lampert’s victory in Friday’s time trial and the second in two days for the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team.

But Van Aert put on the yellow jersey with a six-second bonus to finish second and dropped Lampart by a second.

Double champion Tadej Pogsar retained his third place, eight seconds behind Van Aert.

Pogsar is nine seconds ahead of his main rival, Primos Roglik, who is eighth overall. Roglič was second in the Tour in 2020 and has won the last three Spanish Vueltas.

After the peloton crossed the huge Green Belt suspension bridge, several runners were left behind and reached the finish at Nyborg with two kilometers to go.

Van Aert looked on the verge of winning the stage as he overtook Danish credit Mads Pedersen, but Jakobsen quickly moved from fifth to first and Pedersen third.

“My legs hurt, but that’s what we trained for,” Jacobsen said. “I’ve dreamed of this for 15 years and I want to thank Denmark for the warm welcome and encouragement.”

After his surprise victory in Friday’s opening time trial, Lampert started the yellow for the 202km stage from the port of Roskilde to Nyborg in central Denmark.

The game was delayed slightly when Tim Welles had a flat tire and Simon Yates had mechanical problems.

Huge crowds enthusiastically followed the race with red and white flags.

The third stage on Sunday is also for the sprinters. It runs from Vejle on the Jutland peninsula to Snderborg in southern Denmark with a distance of 182 kilometres.

After a day’s journey, the race resumed in France on Tuesday with five short climbs on the route along the coast from Dunkirk to Calais.

The race will conclude in Paris on 24 July.

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