Jakobsen ready to defend Scheldeprijs title

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) winner of 2018 Scheldeprijs

Fabio Jakobesen will return to the scene of his second-ever pro win Wednesday when the 22-year-old Dutch sprinter takes on Scheldeprijs with his Deceuninck-QuickStep team. Jakobsen won the 2018 race after a day of gruelling conditions had whittled the field down to a small group. He followed a lead out from teammate Michael Mørkøv to a resounding victory and became the youngest winner of Scheldeprijs this century. It was his second win for Deceuninck-QuickStep in his first year with the team after he won Nokere Koerse the month before. The 2019 Scheldeprijs will follow a similar course to 2018, when organisers decided to alter the course and have the peloton spend more than two-thirds of the race in the Netherlands, a change that turned the 106th edition into a proper race of attrition rather than a pure sprinters' Classic. This year, the first three-fourths of Scheldeprijs will take place on ...

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