Fabio Jakobsen: I'll feel a bit like a neo-pro at the Tour of Turkey

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
Fabio Jakobsen at Deceuninck-QuickStep camp earlier this year (Image credit: Deceuninck – Quick-Step Cycling Team)

Fabio Jakobsen returns to the peloton at the Tour of Turkey on Sunday after eight months away from racing, and said on Friday that he's looking forward to getting used to the life of a professional cyclist again.

The Deceuninck-QuickStep sprinter will make his long-awaited return to racing at the 2.Pro event, lining up alongside fellow sprinters Mark Cavendish and Álvaro Hodeg for the Belgian team. After undergoing a long physical and mental rehabilitation process following his Tour de Pologne crash, the eight-day race will serve as something of a test event for Jakobsen.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.