The Dutch star doubled
Stage 3 of Tour de Hongrie ended in a spectacular bunch-sprint in Nyíregyháza, Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl's Dutch star, the sprinter Fabio Jakobsen won the stage and he is now leading the general classification and wearing the special yellow jersey.
Due to the crash happened yesterday at the finish, four of the riders could not continue the race, so peloton departed from the city of Sárospatak without them. After the crash the leader of the general classification, Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) in the yellow jersey, and his fellow, Arvid de Kleijnt (Human Powered Healths) were taken to the hospital. In the crash Kooij's leg was injured, it was fixed with twelve stiches, Kleijn was luckier, he got some bruises. Neither of them were able to continue on Friday. Jumbo-Visma's Dutch Mick van Dijke, Colombia's Augusto Rubio Reyes (Movistar Team) also had to withdraw - riders of Jumbo-Visma already flew back home to the Netherlands on Friday morning. We wish all of them quick recovery.
However, at the start of Stage 3 the focus was on the next task, today's etape, and not the crash from yesterday. After just a few climbs, the route was totally plain and not quite long. The etape's fist and only GPM was in Erdőbénye, in the hills of Zemplén, Belgian Aaron Van Poucke with some other mates attacked before that. Rider of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise won the GPM and collected the points, so today he kept his leading position, he is still in the red jersey as leader of the climber classification.
After his victory he joined the peloton, as today he had another important task to do, to help his teammate, Belgium's Jens Reynders who was leading the general classification.
There were four riders in the breakaway of the day, Romania's Emil Dima won the intermediate sprints in Tokaj and Kemecse, but as it was expected, they could not have much advantage, the peloton caught the front of the race 15km before the finish in Nyíregyháza.
Teams started to prepare for the bunch-sprint on the last kilometres to help their sprinters to get the stage-victory.
The Quick Step dictated the speed, but at the end Jakobsen was without any teammate. The Dutch solved the situation perfectly, in the last 300m he changed his rythm and left all his rivals behind, then took the stage-victory. This was Jakobsen's second stage-win during this year's Tour de Hongrie. French Ruby Barbier came second (he was 4th in Székesfehérvár and 2nd in Hajdúszoboszló), Belgian Sasha Weemaes came in the third position (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise - he was in the top 10 in all the three stages so far). Fabio Jakobsen is the leader in the general classification, the best Hungarian is Márton Dina, who is currently in the 8th place.
On Saturday peloton travels around the city of Kazincbarcika in 177km, the etape is expected to bring great, exciting battles of the sprinters.