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Fabio Jakobsen makes Tour de France time cut by 15 seconds, breaks down after

The sprinter had to push himself to the limits on the finishing climb

Quick Step teammates yell for their teammate

Sometimes the Tour de France isn’t about the winner, but the rider who gives it everything to fight another day. On Stage 17, QuickStep-AlphaVinyal’s Fabio Jakobsen finished inside the time cut by just 15 seconds.

The sprinter had to absolutely wreck himself in the super-tough 18 per cent final climb to the Peyragudes ski station. Fans screamed and cheered for him as he pushed to make it to the finish. Not only were spectators rooting for him–but so too were his teammates and team staff, who stuck around in the hopes he’d make it.

As the QuickStep crew watched him crest the summit, they  watched the seconds tick by on the clock. With the toughness of the finish, it looked like it would be close. And it was. Jakobsen finished with 15 seconds to spare, and immediately collapsed in tears in one of the most emotional scenes of this year’s Tour.

Following Hugo Houle’s incredible victory which he dedicated to his late brother, it’s a reminder how special this sport can be.

Watch the incredible scene below.