Fabio Jakobsen wins Volta ao Algarve stage one as huge crash blights finale

The Dutchman wins from reduced field after crash takes out a number of stage favourites with 7km to go

Fabio Jakobsen wins stage one of the Volta ao Algarve (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) sprinted to victory on stage one of the 2019 Volta ao Algarve, easily beating the competition to the finish line.

The Dutch rider won from a reduced bunch after a huge crash with 7km to go took out the likes of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), but he was easily able to sprint clear of Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) who took the respective podium spots.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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