Deceuninck – Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team (Spain) - Press Release: The 24-year-old is back in the green jersey after winning stage 8 in La Manga del Mar Menor.
For the ninth time in the last ten years, Deceuninck – Quick-Step made it 50 victories in a season, taking its all-time tally to over 830 wins, after Fabio Jakobsen produced another flawless sprint in a fast and hectic finale at La Vuelta, which Saturday afternoon took the peloton through the region of Murcia.
Completely flat, the stage wasn’t as straightforward as many had wished, due to the presence of the crosswinds which made a brief presence inside the final 40 kilometers, enough to kick-start a fierce fight for positioning at the front of the group which then easily swallowed the breakaway before hitting the coastline. The tension continued to be palpable, but no significant splits occurred, and the peloton entered as one in La Maga del Mar Menor.
Josef Cerny and Bert Van Lerberghe drilled the pace before making way for Florian Sénéchal, who did a monster lead-out until with 150 meters to go. As soon as the Frenchman stopped, Fabio Jakobsen opened his sprint and showed everyone a clean pair of cleats, comfortably sailing to his second win at this edition, one which moved him back to the top of the points classification.
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