From 'close to the end' to Tour de France for Jakobsen in 2022

Vuelta Espana 2021 - 76th Edition - 4th stage El Burgo de Osma - Molina de Aragon 163,9 km - 17/08/2021 - Fabio Jakobsen (NED - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021
Fabio Jakobsen won three stages of the Vuelta a España in 2021 and is set for his Tour de France debut this year (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Even the most determinedly neutral of observers would have had a hard time staying un-moved when sprinter Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) raised his arms in victory no fewer than three times last year in the Vuelta a España. In 2022, he is set to make his debut in the Tour de France.

The Dutchman's hat-trick of Spanish triumphs, as well as his points jersey win, could easily be described as life-affirming, given they were his first Grand Tour wins following his dramatic near-fatal accident in the 2020 Tour de Pologne. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.