Tour of Guangxi: Jakobsen strikes again for Quick-Step Floors

Dutchman beats Ackerman and Walscheid

Fabio Jakobsen gave Quick-Step Floors a 72nd victory of the season by winning the sprint finish in Nanning on stage 3 of the Tour of Guangxi in China.

The talented young Dutchman beat stage 2 winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) in the rain-soaked sprint, taking a different line down the centre of the road as his rivals fought along the barriers.

Stage 1 winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) was only fourth and so lost the race leader’s red jersey to Jakobsen due to the daily time bonuses awarded on the line. Jakobsen now leads Ackermann by four seconds, with Groenewegen third at six seconds.

It was Jakobsen’s sixth win of 2018 – his debut season at WorldTour level with Quick Step Floors. The 22 year-old also won Scheldeprijs in the spring, Nokere Koerse and had stage victories at the BinckBank Tour and Tour des Fjords.

"Today I just followed the team because in the last two days I went a bit rogue and did it on my own," Jakobsen said.

"I was a bit nervous I think, I know I’m fast but that I could pass is amazing. This one is because of the team and because of my sprint."

The 125km stage around Nanning was another fast day, with the city centre circuits and wide roads lining out the peloton. The race started in the dry but grey clouds were gathering and lead to another wet finish.

The break again formed early, with Owain Doull (Team Sky), Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) and Nathan van Hooydonck (BMC Racing) bravely going off the front to challenge the grip of the sprinters’ teams and sweep up the mid-stage bonuses. However, several sprint teams again took control of the chase and kept the quartet under control and within two minutes.

Van Hooydonck was the first to be caught, with the other three finally being reeled in with five kilometres to go after LottoNL-Jumbo took charge at the head of the peloton for Groenewegen.

However, Quick-Step Floors were keen to add to their long list of victories and carefully piloted Jakobsen. The wide road again made it difficult to control the lead-out but Jakobsen followed his teammates and emerged down the centre of the road as Ackermann and Walscheid went down the barriers.

Walscheid perhaps thought he had won but the photo finish showed that Jakobsen was slightly faster down the middle of the road.

After three flat stages dominated by the sprinter, Friday’s 152.2km stage from Nanning to the uphill finish at Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot is expected to shake up the race and reveal who can win the final overall classification.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step Floors2:43:54 
2Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
3Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
4Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
5Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
6Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
7Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
8Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton - Scott  
9Clement Venturini (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
10Roger Kluge (Ger) Mitchelton - Scott  
11Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
12Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team  
13Yousif Mirza Al-Hammadi (UAE) Uae Team Emirates  
14Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain - Merida  
15Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
16Oliviero Troia (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
17Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
18Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
19Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
20Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain - Merida  
21Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek - Segafredo  
22Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton - Scott  
23Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek - Segafredo  
24Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
25Julius Van Den Berg (Ned) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
26Jan Polanc (Slo) Uae Team Emirates  
27Kim Magnusson (Swe) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
28Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
29Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Dimension Data  
30Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
31Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
32Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek - Segafredo  
33Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
34Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
35Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
36Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
37Julien Duval (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
38Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
39Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain - Merida  
40Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
41Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale  
42Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
43Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
44Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
45Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
46Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
47Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
49Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
50Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
51Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
52Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
53Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
54Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
55Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
56Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Sky  
57Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
58Stefan Küng (Swi) Bmc Racing Team  
59Alex Frame (NZl) Trek - Segafredo  
60Alex Dowsett (GBr) Team Katusha Alpecin  
61Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
62Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha Alpecin  
63Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
64Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe  
65Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data  
66Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick - Step Floors  
67Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
68José Gonçalves (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin  
69Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain - Merida  
70Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb  
71Ben Swift (GBr) Uae Team Emirates  
72Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain - Merida  
73Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
74Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
75Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
76Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
77Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
78Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
79Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
80Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
81Tony Martin (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
82Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Team Dimension Data  
83Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Team Dimension Data  
84Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
85Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton - Scott  
86Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora - Hansgrohe  
87Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
88Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain - Merida  
89Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek - Segafredo  
90Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
91Erik Baska (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe  
92Neilson Powless (USA) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
93Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
94Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) Uae Team Emirates  
95Rigoberto Uran (Col) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
96Hugh John Carthy (GBr) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
97Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
98Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
99Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain - Merida  
100Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal  
101Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
102Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
103William Clarke (Aus) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
104Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek - Segafredo  
105Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
106Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
107Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb  
108Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
109David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
110Fabio Aru (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
111Michael Schär (Swi) Bmc Racing Team  
112Miles Scotson (Aus) Bmc Racing Team  
113Axel Domont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
114Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
115Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
116Matteo Bono (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
117Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama - Fdj  
118Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton - Scott  
119Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:24 
120Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
121Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:01:07 
122Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
General Classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step Floors8:24:17 
2Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:04 
3Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:06 
4Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:10 
5Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:12 
6Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
7Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
8Alex Dowsett (Gbr) Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:14 
9Owain Doull (Gbr) Team Sky0:00:15 
10Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:17 
11Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha Alpecin  
12Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain - Merida0:00:18 
13Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
14Jay Robert Thomson (Rsa) Team Dimension Data0:00:19 
15Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:00:20 
16Clement Venturini (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
17Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
18Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
19Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton - Scott  
20Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
21Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) Team Dimension Data  
22Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
23Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek - Segafredo  
24Daniel Mclay (Gbr) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
25Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton - Scott  
26Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
27Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain - Merida  
28Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Bmc Racing Team  
29Julien Duval (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
30Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Dimension Data  
31Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
32Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
33Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin  
34Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain - Merida  
35Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek - Segafredo  
36Jan Polanc (Slo) Uae Team Emirates  
37Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
38Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
39Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
40Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
41Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
42Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama - Fdj  
43Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
44Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
45Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team  
46Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
47Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
49Stefan Küng (Swi) Bmc Racing Team  
50Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Sky  
51Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick - Step Floors  
52Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe  
53Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
54Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain - Merida  
55Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
56Kim Magnusson (Swe) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
57Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
58Nicholas Dlamini (Rsa) Team Dimension Data  
59Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
60Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) Uae Team Emirates  
61Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
62Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek - Segafredo  
63Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama - Fdj  
64Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
65José Gonçalves (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin  
66Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
67Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
68Sepp Kuss (Usa) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
69Ben Swift (Gbr) Uae Team Emirates  
70Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain - Merida  
71Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb  
72Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
73Tony Martin (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin  
74Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale  
75Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
76Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain - Merida  
77Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
78Hugh John Carthy (Gbr) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
79Peter Kennaugh (Gbr) Bora - Hansgrohe  
80Axel Domont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
81Rigoberto Uran (Col) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale  
82Fabio Aru (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
83Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton - Scott  
84Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain - Merida  
85Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
86Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal  
87Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
88Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
89Neilson Powless (Usa) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
90Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb  
91Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
92Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors  
93Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
94Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Team Dimension Data  
95David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
96Gregory Daniel (Usa) Trek - Segafredo  
97Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
98Miles Scotson (Aus) Bmc Racing Team  
99Matteo Bono (Ita) Uae Team Emirates  
100Michael Schär (Swi) Bmc Racing Team  
101Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
102Roger Kluge (Ger) Mitchelton - Scott0:00:36 
103Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek - Segafredo  
104Alex Frame (Nzl) Trek - Segafredo0:00:39 
105Julius Van Den Berg (Ned) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale0:00:40 
106Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data  
107Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:44 
108Erik Baska (Svk) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:46 
109Nicolas Dougall (Rsa) Team Dimension Data0:00:48 
110Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin  
111Oliviero Troia (Ita) Uae Team Emirates0:00:49 
112Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:01:01 
113Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale0:01:18 
114Sam Bewley (Nzl) Mitchelton - Scott0:01:24 
115Chad Haga (Usa) Team Sunweb0:01:27 
116Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:01:30 
117William Clarke (Aus) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale0:01:33 
118Yousif Mirza Al-Hammadi (Uae) Uae Team Emirates0:01:59 
119Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:02:01 
120Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:02:09 
121Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:03:37 
122Jonathan Dibben (Gbr) Team Sky0:06:51 

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