‘My heart rate doesn’t respond as normal’ - Fabio Jakobsen fights fatigue to set-up Paris showdown

Dutchman says he loves his team-mates as he makes it through the mountains

Fabio Jakobsen Tour de France 2022
(Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty)

No words were necessary. Fabio Jakobsen had suffered through the Pyrenees and was only just still in the Tour de France he had dreamt of riding for years. When asked how hard the race’s last day in the high mountains had been he simply puffed out his cheeks in a long exhale.

When he eventually spoke he said: “I would say the Alps was the hardest, in race pace and the harsh feeling [in the legs] but that was in the first week of the Tour, this is the last week.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.