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Jakobsen again sprints to stage win in Hungary and conquers leader’s jersey | NOW

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Fabio Jakobsen has again won a stage in the Tour of Hungary on Friday. The Dutch sprinter from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl also captured the leader’s jersey.

On Thursday, Jakobsen was already the fastest in the second stage of the Hungarian stage race and he struck again in the third stage. After 154 kilometers he was faster in the streets of Nyíregyháza than the Frenchman Rudy Barbier, who also finished second on Wednesday.

The Belgian Sasha Weemaes was third in the bunch sprint and with Jumbo-Visma rider David Dekker (fourth) another Dutchman finished in the top four.

The third stage had a special moment, because with about 80 kilometers to go through the Hungarian hills, the leading group of four had to wait for a closed railway crossing. They were almost taken back by the peloton as a result.

The jury intervened and gave the leading group another one and a half minute lead, but that turned out not to be enough to hold on. At 15 kilometers from the finish, the leading group was caught, after which Jakobsen again turned out to be the fastest

Fabio Jakobsen (left) sprints to victory in Nyíregyháza.


Fabio Jakobsen (left) sprints to victory in Nyíregyháza.

Fabio Jakobsen (left) sprints to victory in Nyíregyháza.

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Jakobsen stands on eight victories in 2022

Jakobsen praised his teammates afterwards. “We got the break back through the efforts of Iljo Keisse and after that the guys kept me in a good position. This is really a team success. I’m glad I could finish it. The finish was a bit up and that suits me. It’s nice to take the win again.”

With his second stage victory, Jakobsen takes over the leader’s jersey from the Belgian Jens Reynders of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, who is now second, six seconds behind. Barbier is number three on eight counts.

Jakobsen already has eight wins in 2022. He previously won a stage in Paris-Nice and was the fastest in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

The Tour of Hungary, which was won by Australian Damien Howson last year, lasts until Sunday and ends with a mountain stage. Jakobsen therefore seems to have no chance for the overall victory.

Fabio Jakobsen in the yellow leader’s jersey.


Fabio Jakobsen in the yellow leader's jersey.

Fabio Jakobsen in the yellow leader’s jersey.

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Pérez is disappointed with team orders in Spain: ‘Thought Max would give back’ | NOW

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Despite his second place in the Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Pérez was not satisfied with the course of his race. The Mexican was disappointed that he had to leave for Max Verstappen and therefore wants an explanation from his team.

“I think I deserved to win today,” 32-year-old Pérez told Sky Sports† “At the start of the race I gave up my position with the idea that I would get that position back later, but then the strategies suddenly changed. Max’s strategy turned out to be clearly the better one.”

Pérez gave up on lap ten for Verstappen, who had flown into the gravel just before that and fell from second to fourth place as a result. Pérez was stuck behind Russell and wanted to give Verstappen the opportunity to attack the Mercedes driver.

However, Verstappen struggled with problems with his DRS system and was unable to overtake Russell. After the pit stops, Pérez rejoined Verstappen and Russell, but the Mexican did not get his position back from the Dutchman.

In the final phase, Verstappen again ended up behind Pérez. The two-time Grand Prix winner was ordered not to delay Verstappen and indicated over the on-board radio that he thought that was “not fair”. Nevertheless, Pérez stepped aside, after which Verstappen’s victory was no longer in danger.

‘Want to discuss some things with the team’

Although Pérez emphasized that he is happy with the team result, he still hopes to receive an explanation from his team. “There are some things I want to discuss internally with the team so I can understand why certain choices were made,” he continued.

“When I’m driving it’s hard to see the bigger picture. I’m not saying I’ve been a victim of team orders, I just want to understand why the strategies suddenly changed

With his victory, Verstappen took over the World Cup lead from Leclerc. The Red Bull driver has six points more than his competitor from Ferrari (110 to 104 points). The Formula 1 season will continue next week with the Monaco Grand Prix.

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