Jakobsen Shows Winter Work With Volta Ao Algarve Victory

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) celebrates his leader's jersey

The evocatively-titled Avenida dos Descobrimentos in Lagos owes its name to the town's past as a shipbuilding hub during the Portuguese Age of Discovery, and the harbourfront boulevard hosted the finish of stage 1 of the Volta ao Algarve , where Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) suggested that his winter preparation has been watertight by winning on his first race day of the new season. A reduced leading group contested the sprint finish in Lagos after a crash split the peloton with a shade over seven kilometres remaining, but Jakobsen never gave the impression of navigating troubled waters. In the finishing straight, he watched as Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) floundered after opening the sprint from distance, and then cruised past at a considerable rate of knots to claim the honours. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) took second on the stage ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), but neither man ever looked like ...

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