The image above is of the first of Jakobsen's two consecutive stage victories in Hungary.

The image above is of the first of Jakobsen’s two consecutive stage victories in Hungary. © EPA-EFE

The Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen of the Belgian Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl has also won the third stage of the cycling tour of Hungary after the second. He was the fastest in a bunch sprint and thus takes over the leader’s jersey from the Belgian Jens Reynders (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise). For the Dutch sprinter of Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl it was already his eighth win of the season.

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The day after their crash at the end of the second stage, the Dutchmen Olav Kooij and Arvid de Kleijn did not start on Friday. A pity, because the third stage was again tailor-made for the sprinters despite the rain. With the exception of one third category climb early in the stage, it remained flat for the 154 kilometers between Sarospatak and Nyiregyhaza.

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise sent someone along with the early break for the third day in a row: Aaron Van Poucke pulled the red mountain jersey a little tighter around the shoulders on the only climb, and then waited for the peloton again. There he went to work for classification leader Jens Reynders and sprinter Sasha Weemaes to hunt for his four flight companions from before: Alessandro Fancellu, Ricardo Zurita, Keegan Swirbul and Emil Dima.

Thirteen kilometers before the finish, the refugees were caught again and the way to a third bunch sprint in a row was open. In it, Jakobsen beat Frenchman Rudy Barbier and East Flemish Weemaes. Due to the bonus seconds, Jakobsen moves to place 1 in the general classification at the expense of Reynders, who is now second at six seconds. Weemaes is fifth in the standings at 12 seconds.

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