Fabio Jakobsen wins European Championship road race: "It's been a long road for me"



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Fabio Jakobsen wins European Championship road race: "It's been a long road for me"

Two years ago (after the accident), his career looked like it was coming to an end. But what Fabio Jakobsen did is now a story that will be remembered. Jakobsen won a sprint in the European road race championships. He could not hide his delightment after such a great result.

All the effort and work and recovery paid off. "I´m delighted to be European champion," said Jakobsen "I picked up Tim´s slipstream, it was a big advantage, and that gave me the speed to close the race from 50 metres out," Jakobsen said.

"It´s been a long road for me to get here, if only you knew," said Jakobsen. “I’m happy not to have lost power or strength in that crash in Poland, that was such a hard fall.” “It’s probably one of the biggest victories in my career,” 
The Vuelta a Espana also showed what kind of cyclist he is.

"Winning at the Vuelta was what tipped the balance in my comeback," Jakobsen said. "I said to myself right you´re back at your top level now, and I´m happy not to have lost power or strength in that crash in Poland, that was such a hard fall."

Team and Dutch riders

Dutch cyclists showed how ready and motivated they are.

It was their dedication and commitment that led them to such a great result.  "[The Dutch riders] don´t race together much as team-mates but we had a plan and everybody did his work and put in huge effort to put me in position," Jakobsen said afterwards.

"Danny van Poppel did an incredible job, putting me on the wheel of Merlier so I could come from his slipstream and pass. It´s quite special. I will enjoy it for the rest of my life." The whole team had a great influence in this success “I had a good feeling at the Tour, even though it was hard and I had the idea I was in good shape,” Jakobsen said.

“I recovered afterward and this was the next big goal. We knew it was probably going to be a sprint and we focused toward here.” “I think the European championship is just a step below world champion so it’s nice to win.

I’m proud of this jersey and I’m going to wear it with honor for a year,” Jakobsen said of his star-studded new top. “If you win, it’s always a good sprint, but I have to start with the whole team. We’re all from separate commercial teams and we tried to create a real team here, and I think we succeeded,” Jakobsen said.