Problems between Morkov and Jakobsen limiting Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl

As the 2022 Tour de France approaches, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team has made the controversial decision to leave defending winner Mark Cavendish at home and bring in sprinter Fabio Jakobsen instead. Despite a win early in the stage, communication issues between Jakobsen and veteran rider Michael Morkov could ruin Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s chances on either jersey.

The decision to leave Cavendish behind

Quick step shocked the cycling world when they announced they were leaving Mark Cavendish off their Tour de France roster. After Cavendish won 4 stages in the 2021 race, Cavendish found himself tied with Eddy Merckx for the most Tour de France stage wins of all time. It was very clear to anyone watching the race that Cavendish and his leading man, Michael Morkov, were working synchronized with another.

Instead, the team chose Fabio Jakobsen, who was in excellent form and won the Vuelta Espana 2021 points classification, as he returned from a horrific accident during the 2020 season. of the Tour de France, it looked like Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl had made the right decision as Jakobsen raced to victory in Stage 2.

Communication issues

After the stage victory, communication problems began to arise between Jakobsen and his leader Michael Morkov. From the very next stage, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl looked set for a potential repeat with Jakobsen driving Morkov as he headed into the final corner.

However, instead of following Morkov, Jakobsen drifted around the corner and was cornered by the other riders, leaving him out of the race as his main rival Dylan Groenewegen took the stage. MeanwhileMichael Morkov clapped his hands in frustration as his strong lead was wasted.

The miscommunications surfaced again today in the intermediate spring of Stage 7. Again with Morkov in the lead, Jakobsen left his leading man in an attempt for a solo break. The move ended up being a mistake as Jakobsen left too early and eventually saw a handful of other runners, led by Mads Pedersen, beat him to the line.

As the second weekend of the Tour de France 2022 approaches, Fabio Jakobsen and Michael Morkov must be on the same page if Alpha-Vinyl wants repeat as the points champion.

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Jack L. Goldstein