Jakob Fuglsang forgoes Grand Tours for Classics and Tour de France stage wins

COMO ITALY AUGUST 15 Podium Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark and Astana Pro Team Celebration Trophy during the 114th Il Lombardia 2020 a 231km race from Bergamo to Como ilombardia IlLombardia on August 15 2020 in Como Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Jakob Fuglsang won Il Lombardia in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jakob Fuglsang has given up chasing success in Grand Tours, at least for 2021, adding the Tour of Flanders to his spring Classics programme, with a stage victory at the Tour de France and an Olympic medal a higher priority than another top 10 GC result.

The 35-year-old Dane has chased Grand Tour success for almost a decade, only for crashes, misfortune and bad days to disrupt his aspirations and results. He finished seventh in the 2013 Tour de France and sixth in last year’s Giro d’Italia but is now tired of riding conservatively in the peloton. 

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