Vuelta a Espana 2021 : Stage 8 – Jakobsen doubles up on a straightforward Saturday

Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Fabio Jakobsen nabbed himself a second stage win on stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana where a chaotic final kilometre was the only real highlight of the day. The lack of happenings ensures Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) wears roja for at least another day as the race heads for the hills tomorrow.

How it went down

Flat (adjective):

1 – Having a level surface

2 – Lacking emotion, dull and lifeless

It was a flat stage in all senses of the word. After stage 7’s “riders all over the shop” intensity, today was a day for recharging batteries, keeping safe and not much else.

Although INEOS Grenadiers decided today was the day to bring back the ice bucket challenge…

We started with an all-Spanish breakaway, all from Spanish teams. The three riders were allowed a miserly three minute gap which was pared back to two minutes by the time the race hit 100 kilometres to go. I’m not saying it was an obviously ill-fated break, but it wasn’t even worth looking up the riders on ProCyclingStats.

The most entertainment from the early part of the day came from technical struggles at GCN/Eurosport. Problems so serious, the UCI had to step in. Sort of.

With the peloton in a no-nonsense mood, even the Vuelta’s tractors couldn’t be bothered to form a recognisable shape… I mean, what is this?

What a day for twitter’s NYVelocity to be missing-in-action – Ed

Much more successful was Romain Bardet (DSM) playing the “how many bottles” game. I’m impressed.

Euan’s fifth law of cycling: You know there’s not much going on when the TV helicopters start filming other TV helicopters

Finally, some action!

The break was caught with around 35kms to go and it appeared we could be on for some crosswind induced action…

But the splits lasted about as long as Cofidis’s GC hopes, and it was soon all back together.

The final 10 kilometres featured a frantic battle for teams to assert themselves at the head of the bunch.

INEOS, UAE-Team Emirates, Groupama-FDJ and Astana-Premier Tech were all prominent at the front, but the order fell apart under the flamme rouge. From there it was a scrappy, every man for himself affair as the Vuelta’s grade A sprinters duked it out.

A combination of placing and power let Fabio Jakobsen grab the win, but a special mention goes to Alberto Dainese who very nearly made it two for two for DSM.

The victory means Fabio is back in the green points jersey taking it from Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) for the second time in the race. I do hope they launder it before handing it over.

And that’s it. In the post-stage interviews, Jakobsen thanked his team, Roglic said he was ready for the mountains but so are others. As grand tour days go, you couldn’t get more standard.

The only thing I’ll add is that in those closing kilometres you could feel the tension through the screen. This race means a lot of things to a lot of riders and we’re in for some battles over the next couple of weeks. (bring it on! – Ed!)

The final word (from somebody actually at the race)

All the results

Stage results 

1 Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickSprint) 3:56:05

2 Alberto Dainese (Team BDSM) same time

3 Jesper Philipsen (Alpecin-Cats-Like-Fenix) s/t

4 Jordi Meeus (Bora-IdForgottenTheyWereInTheRace) s/t

5 Itamar Einhorn (Israel-Forgotten-This-Team Too) s/t

GC Top 10 

1 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 29:14:40

2 Felix Grossschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) +0:08

3 Enric Mas (Movistar Team) +0:25

4 Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar Team) +0:36

5 Jan Polanc (UAE-Emirates) +0:38

6 Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +0:41

7 Jack Haig (Bahrain-Victorious) +0:57

8 Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) +0:59

9 Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) +1:06

10 Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:22

All the jerseys

Leader’s jersey : Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

Points jersey : Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step)

King of the Mountains: Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers)

Best young rider : Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers)

Best team : Movistar (of course they are!)

For full race results, go to

Official Vuelta website is here 

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