Each time the Dutchman was called to the dais to receive bouquets and the congratulations of local politicians – as stage winner, new race leader and best young rider – his smile was as wide and his reaction as exuberant as the last. His team, it seems, has not yet tired of winning.
Jakobsen’s victory was Quick-Step Floors’ 72nd of the 2018 season, setting a new record for a team managed by Patrick Lefevere. In 2000, Lefevere’s Mapei squad amassed the seemingly insurmountable tally of 71 victories, particularly given that the roster then carried some 43 riders.
Alvaro Hodeg equalled the Mapei mark at the Tour of Turkey last week. On arriving in China at the weekend, Jakobsen pledged to his manager that he would do his utmost to secure the record. After falling short in bunch sprints in Beihai and Qinzhou on the opening two days in Guangxi, the youngster made no mistake on the city centre circuit in Nanning.
“It’s cool, eh? That’s one that can go into the history books,” Jakobsen said.
“I’d already sent Lefevere a message saying that I wanted to break the record, and now I’ve done it. And it’s amazing for everyone on the team who worked hard for all the races to win. And in the end, we all broke the record.”
Trust the team in the sprint
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