Almost two years after his terrible fall, Fabio Jakobsen wrote his own cycling fairy tale and won the second stage of the 109th Tour de France. The Dutchman won Saturday’s sprint in Nyborg ahead of Belgian Wout van Aert, who took over the overall leader’s yellow jersey as a result. The finale of the stage was overshadowed by a mass crash that also stopped defending champion Tadej Pogacar. However, since this happened within the last three kilometers, the Slovenian received the same time as the day’s winner.

After Yves Lampaer’s opening win, the Belgian team QuickStep-AlphaVinyl celebrated their second win of the day. Due to the time bonus for van Aert, however, Lampaert lost the yellow jersey and is second, one second behind

But Jakobsen’s stage win made up for everything. Two years ago, the Dutchman’s career seemed over. After a bad fall in the Tour of Poland, when he was pushed into the balustrades by his compatriot Dylan Groenewegen, Jakobsen was in an artificial coma for a while and had to undergo several surgeries. After the fall, he only had one tooth of his own and had to have 130 stitches in his face

“That’s incredible. It was a long process. A lot of people helped me to come back. Today I paid them something back. This is an amazing day. I’ve dreamed of this for 15 years,” said the Dutchman.

The best German was Max Walscheid in twelfth place. “There were a lot of tight situations, I touched the brakes more than once. The track was okay, the wind was very close to the front. So everyone was still there. It was very disorganized and hectic as a result,” said Walscheid

Although 202.2 kilometers had to be covered between Roskilde and Nyborg, the main topic in the peloton over the past few days was the final. There, the 18-kilometre-long bridge across the Great Belt had to be mastered, and the fear of wind crests was great. Tour director Christian Prudhomme only decided on Saturday morning which side of the bridge the field should be led over. Apparently the focus on the final kilometers was so great that the stage mutated into a bore.

As on Friday in Copenhagen, several hundred thousand spectators lined the route around the festival city of Roskilde. The Dane Magnus Cort insisted and pulled away from the field with the Norwegian Sven Erik Byström. The tour organizers found three smaller hills on the Danish main island of Zealand. Cort crossed them all first, thus securing the first mountain jersey of this tour. About 45 kilometers before the finish, Cort’s escape was over, Byström was caught shortly afterwards – and the final on the Great Belt began

However, it wasn’t the wind that caused the excitement, but the nervousness in the field. After only a few hundred meters on the bridge, Lampaert, the winner of the opening round, was involved in a fall. Only four kilometers later, with the support of two helpers, Lampaert managed to catch up to the field, which was reduced to around 100 riders. Headwinds then prevailed on the second part of the connection across the Great Belt, which neutralized all attacks and finally led to the sprint final