After Dylan Groenewegen’s victory on Tuesday, Fabio Jakobsen won the sprint of the second stage of the Tour de Wallonie on Wednesday. The two Dutch sprinters have come a long way after the terrible fall of the Tour of Poland 2020, where Jakobsen suffered serious physical injuries and Groenewegen received a long suspension for his gesture.
Almost a year after his serious fall in August 2020 during the first stage of the Tour of Poland, Fabio Jakobsen regained victory on Wednesday on the occasion of the second stage of the Tour of Wallonia. Obviously a symbolic success for the 24-year-old Dutch sprinter, who had come close to the tragedy in Katowice, sent into the barriers by Dylan Groenewegen.
Numerous operations for Jakobsen in recent months
Like a wink of fate, Fabio Jakobsen won the day after the victory of Dylan Groenewegen, who wore the leader’s jersey for this second stage contested on the Zolder racing circuit, 120 kilometers long. The organizers had changed the route at the last moment, due to the floods in Belgium.
21st Tuesday of the first stage, Fabio Jakobsen this time beat Fernando Gaviria and Amaury Capiot. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider had not won since this first stage of the Tour of Poland 2020, where he was declared the winner. But above all, he had been placed in an artificial coma a few hours after the sprint, after hitting the barriers at very high speed. For his gesture, Dylan Groenewegen had received a heavy penalty of nine months without competition.
Bruised by injuries, especially to the face, Fabio Jakobsen had undergone numerous operations to regain his physical integrity. He returned to competition last April, during the Tour of Turkey, where he had become a teammate. It only took 24 days of racing in the end to regain the feeling of crossing the finish line as the winner. It is even his first real sprint this season. In view of his medical check-up after the terrible sprint in Katowice in Poland, Fabio Jakobsen undoubtedly signed his most moving victory on Wednesday.