Fabio Jakobsen narrowly holds off Sam Bennett on stage four of Vuelta a España 2019

The 22-year-old sprinter took his first Grand Tour stage victory

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Fabio Jakobsen narrowly denied a surging Sam Bennett to take his first Grand Tour stage victory on day four of the Vuelta a España 2019.

The Dutch national champion was put in perfect position thanks to a textbook final 6km from his Deceuninck - Quick-Step team, launching off of his lead-out train with a straight run for the line.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.