Fabio Jakobsen and SEG Racing Academy have been together ever since the team’s inception back in 2015. Throughout all these years we have celebrated several wins together, but most importantly we have seen a talented man grow as a cyclist and as a person. For the next two seasons, the two-year running U23 Road Race Dutch National Champion will ride for the Quick-Step Floors squad, where he will keep improving and developing his talent.
The strong Dutchman holds so far seven wins this season under his belt, but this doesn’t come out of the blue after all the work he put in winter time. After deciding to stay at U23 level, Fabio moved to Greece, where the team holds their training camps, and stayed on his own 2 months focusing on his climbing skills and how he could go over the climbs better and how he could become a complete rider. We are proud that all that dedication is paying off in such important wins like today’s stage at Tour de l’Avenir.
Fabio can’t wait to join the team where he used to dream about:
“They have a lot of talented riders and staff and I really look forward to learning from everybody there. 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. I also want to thank everyone at the Academy, because all the hard work that everyone put in me paid off. Thanks to staying three years I could make my dream come true, and that’s something unbelievable.”
Academy Manager, Bart van Haaren, highlights the hard work and dedication of Fabio in those three years together at the Academy:
“Fabio is the reflection of the progress of the Academy. He joined our team since the inception. developed, worked hard, had fun, got the right guidance. He was eager to really dominate U23 scene this year by not becoming pro too early last season. From the beginning we had a clear plan with Fabio, as he is such a natural talent but without the right and hard work he wouldn’t be where he is now. We are proud of him as he moves to the team he defined as a ‘dream to achieve’ two years ago. We know he is in good hands with Quick Steep, a great team with such an experience of working with some of the biggest talents.”