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Vuelta Stage 4: Fabio Jakobsen wins stage a year on from horror crash

Third career victory at Spanish Grand Tour for the Deceuninck-Quick Step sprinter; Rein Taaramae retains lead despite late crash

Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck-Quick Step has won Stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana, a year on from the horrific crash at the Tour of Poland last year that almost cost him his life.

On a tough finish in Molina de Aragon, the 24-year-old former Dutch national champion came round Arnaud Demare of Groupama-FDJ to win, with Magnus Cort of EF Pro Cycling third.

Rein Taaramae of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert retains the race leader’s red jersey despite a late crash towards the end of the 163.9km stage from El Burgo de Osma.

The crash happened inside the final 3km, which on a flat stage means that the Estonian was given the same time as the main group.

Full report to follow.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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