Jakobsen keeps QuickStep-AlphaVinyl on top in Valenciana

TORRENT SPAIN FEBRUARY 03 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates at podium with champagne as stage winner during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 2 a 1715km stage from Btera to Torrent VCV2022 on February 03 2022 in Torrent Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Fabio Jakobsen QuickStep-AlphaVinyl celebrates stage 2 victory at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

"I think as a team we want to win everything," were Fabio Jakobsen's prophetic words during his pre-race press conference for the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, where QuickStep-AlphaVinyl have now captured both the first stage with Remco Evenepoel and now the second with Jakobsen himself.

Just as Evenepoel blew away the opposition on the final climb of stage 1 on Wednesday, 24 hours later Jakobsen was able to follow suit in his own terrain on stage 2, where a notable uphill gradient in the final 500 metres did not prove any obstacle for the Dutch sprinter to claim his 26th career win well clear of the field.

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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.