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Tour de Hongrie: Jakobsen gets two in a row with stage 3 victory

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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 3 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Two wins in two days for Fabio Jakobsen of QuickStep-AlphaVinyl (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 LR Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Matthew Walls of United Kingdom and Team Bora Hansgrohe and Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel Premier Tech green points jersey sprints to win during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

The frenzied finish on stage 3 with Fabio Jakobsen surging to lead on far right side of group (left in photo) (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Bruno Valcic of Croatia UCI commissarie restarts the race while the peloton stopped due to a train crossing during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Bruno Valcic, UCI commissarie, manages situation while the peloton stopped due to a train crossing during stage 3 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 LR Carolina Upegui of Colombia and Team Bizkaia Durango Eri Yonamine of Japan and Team Human Powered Health and Emil Dima of Romania and Team Giotti Victoria Savini stopped due to a train crossing during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Riders stopped for the train on stage 3 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Aaron Van Poucke of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise red mountain jersey competes during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Aaron Van Poucke of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise rides in red mountain jersey (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

American Keegan Swirbul (Human Powered Health) was part of the main breakaway (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 A general view of the peloton competing during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Stage 3 covered 154km from Sárospatak to Nyíregyháza (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Jens Reynders of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise Yellow Leader Jersey prior to the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Race leader Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) at the start (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 LR Aaron Van Poucke of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise Red Mountain Jersey Jens Reynders of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise Yellow Leader Jersey Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel Premier Tech Green Points Jersey and Marton Dina of Hungary and EoloKometa Cycling Team White Best Young Rider Jersey prior to the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Rain fell at the start line for stage 3 (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Jens Reynders of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise Yellow Leader Jersey competes during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) in the peloton (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Kim Heiduk of Germany and Team INEOS Grenadiers leads the peloton during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Ineos Grenadiers setting the pace to make the catch of the four-rider break with 18km to go (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Aaron Van Poucke of Belgium and Team Sport Vlaanderen Baloise celebrates winning the red mountain jersey on the podium ceremony after the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Aaron Van Poucke of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise extended his lead in the mountains classification (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates winning the yellow leader jersey on the podium ceremony after the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Stage 3 winner Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) celebrates winning the yellow leader's jersey (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Rudy Barbier of France and Team Israel Premier Tech celebrates winning the green points jersey on the podium ceremony after the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Rudy Barbier of Israel-Premier Tech celebrates winning the green points jersey (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)
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NYIREGYHAZA HUNGARY MAY 13 Ricardo Alejandro Zurita of Venezuela and Team Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli Sidermec competes in the breakaway during the 43rd Tour de Hongrie 2022 Stage 3 a 154km stage from Sarospatak to Nyiregyhaza tourdehongrie on May 13 2022 in Nyiregyhaza Hungary Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Four rider breakaway led by Ricardo Alejandro Zurita of Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) hit out along the right side barriers and won stage 3 of the Tour de Hongrie in a frenzied, fast finish at Kossuth Square. 

Rudy Barbier (Israel-Premier Tech) finished second and Sasha Weemaes (S;port Vlaanderen-Baloise) third on the wet roads at the end of the 154km stage. 

Jakobsen took over the GC lead from Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), who now trails the QuickStep sprinter by six seconds. Barbier is third overall, another two seconds back, and takes over as the points classification leader.

After a slight bend in the wide roads of Nyíregyháza, all the lead-out trains were bunched together for the long finish. Jakobsen was not in sight until the final 200 metres.

“I followed Florian. I lost him a bit but for sure we found each other again in the mess. I found him with 800 or 900 [metres] to go. He went early, maybe a bit too early but at least I am in position," Jakobsen said. "And then I jumped on the wheels of Bora, they still had three, and I went behind their sprinter. 

"Then I just launched with 200 metres to go from the slipstream. I could pass on the right side because there was a gap. Luckily I could hold it to the finish line, even though the road was wet, I could feel the wheels slip a bit. It’s a team success and I am happy that I could finish it off."

It was a slight 1% gradient to the finish line, which suited the QuickStep sprinter, who  added a second victory in as many days.

"In the Netherlands we would call this uphill. I like it when it’s a little bit uphill, that suits me. It’s always nice to win. Yesterday I showed I still had the legs, and today I confirmed. And tomorrow there is another opportunity."

The third day of Tour de Hongrie departed in the rain from Sárospatak with a group of five riders gaining 1:15 in the opening 26 kilometres. Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) led the charge in the red climber’s jersey for the top points on the only categorised ascent of the day. With his mission accomplished, he dropped back from the lead group, leaving the quartet of Alessandro Fancellu (Eolo-Kometa), Ricardo Zurita (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli), Keegan Swirbul (Human Powered Health) and Emil Dima (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) to extend their lead over the next 40km of rolling roads to the flat sections with two intermediate sprints on hand.

A train stopped both the breakaway and the peloton with 76km to go, just before the first intermediate sprint in Tokaj. The breakaway of Fancellu, Zurita, Swirbul and Dima resumed with its 1:30 advantage, once race organisers gave the all clear. 

The gap was down to 28 seconds at the final intermediate sprint in Kemecse with just under 21km to race, and the breakaway was in sight of the peloton once the sprint points were handed out. Three kilometres later they were all back together due to the pace being driven by QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Ineos Grenadiers and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

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Jackie Tyson
Jackie Tyson

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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