Jakobsen answers critics and beats Philipsen at Powerprint Tirreno-Adriatico

Do not ignore Fabio Jakobsen. This became clear in the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, which he won with a strong sprint. Jakobsen responded to Fernando Gaviria’s attack and was too strong for Jasper Philipsen.

It’s only his second win of the season for the Dutchman and his first win at the WorldTour.

Jakobsen can do what Merlier can do

Jakobsen’s victory was also essential to the hierarchy in his team. Jakobsen is the right man for the Tour de France for now, but will be ahead of teammate Tim Merlier in results this spring.

On the 210 kilometer course from Camaiore to Follonica, the two half-way climbs were the main obstacles. With 60 kilometers left, it was clear that the four modest escapes would not reach the finish.

The sprint through the streets of Follonica was pulled by none other than Mathieu van der Poel in front of sprinter Philipsen. Gaviria had already started her sprint when Van der Poel came in first.

However, it failed to sustain the effort and was easily overtaken by Jakobsen and Philipsen. The Dutchman was the first to push his bike beyond the line.

On Monday, Jakobsen flirted with the time limit in the opening time trial. Had he been 22 points slower, the European Champion could have gone home before he developed his sprint legs.

For Attilio Viviani, brother of Ineos Sprinter, the jury was brutal. The Italian player was more than a minute and a half slow and was not allowed to start again.

Van Aert makes it easy

Filippo Ganna, who won Monday’s time trial, remains comfortably at the top of the overall standings, 28 seconds ahead of Lennard Kämna. Thymen Arensman (fifth) is the best Dutchman with 39 seconds.

Wout van Aert did not complete the time trial on Monday and quietly withdrew from the peloton with two kilometers to go. The Belgian, who swept Van der Poel and Tirreno-Adriatico two years ago, set his sights on challenging stages later this week.

Source: NOS