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Fabio Jakobsen is a miracle.
In August 2020, stuck against the barriers in a nervous sprint during the 1st stage of the Tour of Poland, the Dutchman performed a violent glide and plunged into hell.
Raised with multiple injuries, the rider of the Quick-Step team is plunged into an artificial coma.
He has 130 stitches in his face and only one tooth left.
His palate is broken and his vocal cords are currently paralyzed.
He does not yet know how to breathe properly
,” announced Patrick Lefevre, the manager of the Belgian team.
Two months later, Fabio Jakobsen gave reassuring news in Le Soir, spoke of resuming competition: “
The doctors and my coach do not want to set a date.
Personally, I secretly hope to ride in March, but August seems much more realistic to me.
That would be nice, right?
Taking part in a race with the intention of playing a real role in the final, just a year after my fall.
This fall made me more humble
Jakobsen returned to competition in April 2021. Before winning his first victory a few months later, in July.
And to gradually regain possession of his life as a cyclist.
Until winning the Tour de France: “
It's a special story, almost a fairy tale.
To come back is a chance that not all those who, like me, have fallen have had.
This fall made me more humble.
I am happy with this result, I wish all those who have had injuries to experience this kind of joy, even if it must take time
”, he summarized in a press conference, after beating Van Aert, Pedersen, Van Poppel, Philipsen and Sagan.
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To achieve this, he did not hesitate to jostle, to rub shoulders with the Slovak Peter Sagan: “
I was scared?
Michael Morkov dropped me off in Van Aert's wheel which was in Pedersen's wheel.
Sagan went from below.
It might have turned out differently if it had been near the barriers.
I was in front of him, Sagan is a runner who goes into contact, there was no reason to give way to him.
Seen from the helicopter, it was perhaps scarier than for us on the bike.
In the last 500 meters I was very focused, I had total control.
I'm glad we stayed up.
I am happy with this victory…
My team is a second family, this victory is for them, then for me
His victory has the taste of sharing: “
I am thinking of my wife, my parents, my sister, the other members of my family who have gone back and forth to the hospital, the team, Patrick Lefevere, the sponsors who never lost faith in me, the medical service that helped me to become a person again, to become a runner again, to become a winner again.
After the accident, the body had lost so much… I started cycling at 15, my father still rides the scooter, like my stepfather.
My team is a second family.
This victory is for them, then for me.
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The selection of the Quick-Step team was the subject of a stir: Julian Alaphilippe, double world champion and Mark Cavendish (who was in competition with Jakobsen) could, on the Tour, beat Eddy's record of 34 victories Merckx, but the Dutchman (25) was fielded.
And in two days, Quick-Step has two victories.
With two neophytes: Yves Lampaert and Fabio Jakobsen.
Smiles in a team which, in recent days, has seen an increase in Covid cases.
Jakobsen says: “
We have to take care of the health of the team.
We have to take things day by day.
The team's objective during the first week is the cobblestone stage.
We have to stay safe, healthy.
Covid and delays are the two things that can bring us home.