Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 21, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.

QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen

by Matt de Neef

It was a case of perfect timing for QuickStep Floors and Fabio Jakobsen, with the Belgian team announcing the signing of the young Dutch rider on the day Jakobsen won a stage of the Tour de l’Avenir.

“We always keep a close eye on the U23 scene, as one of our policies is to promote the young talents to the pro peloton and develop them into successful riders over time,” said Quick-Step Floors’ CEO Patrick Lefevere. “In the seasons spent with SEG Racing Academy, Fabio Jakobsen showed great talent and potential, so when it came down to signing him we didn’t think twice and offered him a two-year deal.

“As a U23 rider, Fabio tasted success on countless occasions, and we are confident that with our help, as he progresses, he’ll continue to build on what he has achieved so far and begin making a name for himself in the pro ranks.”

Jakobsen was understandably delighted to be joining the Belgian outfit.

“I think every young rider is dreaming of turning pro one day, but to get an offer from this team, there is almost no words for it,” Jakobsen said. “I know it is not an easy step up for a young rider like me, but I think that with a lot of hard work, determination and dedication, I can get far in the pro world.”

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