Tour de France: Bunch sprint in Bordeaux
Bordeaux, the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitanie region and a city whose history can be traced all the way to the fifth century BC, when the Celts established there, welcomed the peloton of the Tour de France for the 80th time in history and for the first time since 2010, making it the place which the race visited the most, after Paris.
It was a day for the sprinters, who got their third opportunity of the week, and they were all there in what was another hectic finale. Unfortunately for Soudal Quick-Step, the last few hard days of racing and the crash in the beginning of the week took their toll on Fabio Jakobsen, who despite his best efforts couldn’t fight for the win, concluding in 15th place the stage won by Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck).
“It’s a bit disappointing. Normally, I should be able to compete and go for the victory on a good day, but because of the crash and those tough stages in the mountains I just didn’t have the legs today. When the sprint started I had to stay on the saddle and let them go. I hope I will recover and be there when we get another opportunity, but the wounds are healing at this point and that takes a lot of energy. I just hope I will feel better and capable of fighting for a stage win here”, Fabio explained after the stage.
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