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Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal-QuickStep) was the quickest within the remaining bunch dash on stage 5 on the Baloise Belgium Tour. The Dutch sprinter captured his second stage win of the five-day race, this time forward of Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Thibau Nys (Trek-Segafredo) in Brussels.
Jakobsen devoted his victory to Gino Mäder, with whom he has fond reminiscences from the 2021 Vuelta a España, saying, “This one was for Gino. I assumed rather a lot about him these previous couple of days and through as we speak’s stage. I had this image of us collectively on the ultimate podium of the Vuelta, each with our distinctive jerseys after a tough race. He will probably be missed for certain, by everybody, however particularly by his household and buddies,” Jakobsen stated.
“I’m proud of the 2 wins I obtained this week in Belgium. The preparation went nicely, and this makes me happy. The legs are getting higher and higher, and the boldness is there, which is necessary as I get nearer to my second half of the season objectives.”
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) wrapped up the 5 days of racing, successful the general title. He moved into the purple chief’s jersey following the stage 3 time trial and prolonged his lead after successful the day past’s stage 4.
Van der Poel sealed the general title by a margin of 40 seconds over Søren Wærenskjold (Uno-X) and Casper Pedersen (Soudal-QuickStep).
The way it unfolded
The ultimate stage 5 on the Baloise Belgium Tour was a 194km race in Brussels. It started with a gap giant loop with two intermediate sprints, after which the peloton travelled towards the 2 40km closing circuits earlier than the end line in Brussels.
Baloise Trek Lions didn’t begin the ultimate day of racing after thieves stole their bikes and wheels in a single day.
A breakaway of seven riders set off throughout the first 20km of racing that included Alex Colman (Flanders-Baloise), Stefano Gandin (Corratec-Selle Italia), Andrea Pietrobon (Eolo-Kometa), Kay De Bruyckere (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), Lucas Janssen (Beat), Kobe Vanoverschelde (Tarteletto-Isorex), and Thimo Willems (VolkerWessels).
The riders gained over a minute on the sector led by Alpecin-Deceuninck and Soudal-QuickStep as Colman rolled via to take the factors within the first intermediate dash in Schepdaal. Colman additionally gained the intermediate dash in Grimbergen on the finish of the primary of two remaining laps.
Within the remaining 20km, Colman, De Bruyckere and Janssen had been dropped from the break whereas Willems, Vanoverschelde, Pietrobon, and Gandin held a slim eight seconds on the peloton.
Again collectively within the closing kilometres, six riders crashed with 9km to the end line because the groups with sturdy sprinters organised their remaining lead-outs.
Alpecin-Deceuninck had been the primary to start out their lead-out for Philipsen however had been quickly rivalled by groups Soudal-QuickStep and Lotto Dstny within the final three kilometres. In the long run, it was Soudal-QuickStep that delivered Jakobsen to victory – his second of the week and forty third of his profession.
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