Jakobsen wons the final stage, Alaphilippe kept his yellow jersey

Jakobsen wons the final stage, Alaphilippe kept his yellow jersey

Today marked the definite end of the 62nd Annual of The Tour of Slovakia, the biggest staged race in Slovakia. In a spectacular finale, Fabio Jakobsen of Quick-Step Floors has won the stage. Great things have been shown by Martin Haring of Dukla Banská Bystrica as well, as he lasted three days in the breakaway.


The last fourth stage, also the shortest, has begun in the morning already. At exactly half past nine the cyclists have left the starting line and headed out into the streets of Nitra. From there the peloton moved to Galanta, the town in which the 62nd Annual of the Tour of Slovakia definitely ended in great fashion. The profile of the last day was fully flat and at its end, the fastest men in the peloton seized the show.


But before that, the story of today was told by six atacking cyclists, namely Andreas Stokbro of Riwal Ceramic Speed Cycling Team, Matej Zahálka of Elkov – Author, Jesper Asselman of Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij, Philipp Walsleben of the german representation and Juraj Michalička of the Slovakian team. The leader of the points competition, Martin Haring of Dukla Banská Bystrica, has jumped into the breakaway as well.


Haring (Dukla) had only one ambition today, and that is to collect as many points as possible on the three sprinting competitions and thus decide the fight for the jersey with blue dots. On the first competition, situated around the finish line of Galanta, Dane Stokbro (Riwal) was faster. The rider of the only Slovakian continental unit has cut the finish line on the second position, which didn’t yet brought him the victory in the points classification.


In the peloton, nothing interesting has happened for most of the day. The tempo was dictated by the World Tour teams, Bora – hasgrohe and Quick-Step Floors, but the riders of CCC Sprandi Polkowice have also did some heavylifting. At the front of the unit, Juraj Sagan (Bora) has appeared as well. He was working today for the yesterday’s winner, Matteo Pelucchi. Fabio Jakobsen on the other hand couldn’t count today on help of Bob Jungels, since he quitted The Tour of Slovakia after yesterday’s stage.


The leading sixth, later the fifth, since Michalička of Slovakian representation has lost contact with the front after the second sprinter competition, could count with the lead of around two minutes for three quarters of the stage. The peloton has let them into the front only sporadically, but it occured that the gap between the two groups has sometimes lowered to even one minute, for example during the ride through Šaľa, where Haring was able to win the sprinting competition. During the second ride through the twon, he took the points for the second position and in the end completely overtook the classification competition.


Even the final spurt for the stage victory didn’t change that. The full-day breakaway ended only a couple of kilometers after the finish line of the final sprinting competition, about ten kilometers before the finish and the big finale in Galanta was directed by the most fastest riders in the peloton. In a mini-fight between Bora – hansgrohe and Quick-Stepu Floors, the Belgian World Tour team was better, since the final stage’s master was Fabio Jakobsen. The talented Dane has beaten Matteo Pelucchi on the finish line. The third position belonged to Christophe Laporte.


The overall winner of the 62nd Annual of The Tour of Slovakia is Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman, after becoming the winner of the mountain competition on this year’s Tour de France and last week’s triumph at The Tour of Britain, has once again proved that he currently is one of the best cyclists in the world. The last day didn’t change the leading positions in the other competitions as well. The king of the hill was Giulio Ciccone of Bardiani – CSF, the best young rider was Tobias Foss of Uno-X Norwegian Development Team and the white-blue-red jersey was worn even in Galanta again by Matúš Štoček.