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Netherlands’ Fabio Jakobsen wins stage two, van Aert takes lead

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Sprinter Fabio Jakobsen won the second stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, justifying his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team’s decision to select him ahead of Mark Cavendish.

Jakobsen defeated Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert, who took the yellow jersey from the leader after the 202.2km run from Roskilde to Nyborg in Denmark, which included a treacherous crossing of the 18km Great Belt Bridge.

Dutch rider Jakobsen’s win means Quick-Step has two wins in as many days after they chose not to pick veteran Cavendish, a 34-time stage winner in the race.

Denmark’s Mads Pederson was the third to give local fans a double reason to celebrate as another Dane, Magnus Cort Nielsen, with a handlebar mustache, won the climber’s points jersey along the way.

A day after an awe-inspiring wall of sound reverberated around Copenhagen, reaching its zenith when Jonas Vingegaard was swept up in a wave of emotion, rural Denmark also came roaring at the riders in hoarse droves in the blazing sun.

Starting from chic Roskilde, known as Copenhagen’s garden, with its galleries and festivals with New York rockers The Strokes set to play there later, a huge youthful crowd gave the race quite a steer.

The main feature of the race was the crossing of the Great Belt Bridge where overall leader Yves Lampaert was one of many fallers in high winds.

(AFP)

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