Jakob Fuglsang is a danish professional cyclist racing for the Astana Pro Team.
Jakob was born the 22 March 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Jakob started cycling when he was around 12 years old when he also joined his first Mountainbike Club.
In 1998 he did his first mountain bike race as he got more an more serious about racing his mountain bike.
He got selected for the national team in 2002 as a first year junior. The following year he came 2nd at the Europeans and got his first international medal.
The following years he participated regularly at international races, European championships and World Championships.
In 2007 he won the U23 World championship and put on the rainbow jersey which was a very big achievement for him and a dream that came true.
In 2008 he won the Overall of Tour of Denmark which was a first big victory on the road. The same year he participated as a first time on the Olympics still riding his mountain bike.
Shortly after, in 2009, he turned professional on the road with the professional team Saxo Bank. He started as an all-round talent and did many results at young age, such as the
overall victory of Tour of Slovenia and Tour of Denmark, and Top 10 classifications in Vuelta a Catalunya and Dauphiné Libéré.
2010 continued successful with a 3rd place Overall at Tour de Suisse, a victory at the Danish TT Nationals and a Overall victory at Tour of Denmark.
Jakob was an important helper for the Schleck brother in the Grand tours.
In 2011 he joined the Leopard Trek team and in the same year he finished in the top 10 at the Wolrd championships among other victories and top 10 classifications.
The following year, in 2012, he joined the Radio Shack Nissan Trek Team where he won 1 stage and the overall of Tour of Austria same as the overall of Tour of Luxembourg. He also completed
his 2nd Olympics where he finished 12th.
In 2013 he joined the Astana Pro Team where he is still riding today. At the 100th edition of Tour de France, Jakob was for the first time Team captain in the Tour de France and
finished 7th in General classement.
In 2014 he did several races as a Team captain with many great results, often finishing important World tour races in the top 5 or top 10 such as Paris Nice, Tour de Romandie and Dauphiné
Libéré, and he completed his 5th Tour de France helping Vincenzo Nibali to the Overall victory.
2015 was followed by many top 10 classifications but also lots of bad luck because of crashes which took Jakob many chances for victories.
2016 Jakob started his season with a podium spot in Tour of Oman where he finished 3rd Overall.
On the Olympic games in Rio 2016, Jakob achieved his biggest success by taking the Olympic Silver Medal.
At the Critérium du Dauphiné 2017, Jakob wins stage 6 and an impressive stage 8 and takes the yellow jersey on the last stage, winning the overall classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné
In 2018, Jakob won stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie, and he finished 3rd Overall at the Vuelta Ciclista Valenciana and 2nd Overall at the Tour de Suisse. In the Tour de France 2018, several
factors made Jakob not be at his best, nevertheless he finished 12th Overall.
2019 has been a strong year for Jakob. He started his season with the overall victory at the Ruta del Sol, followed by a victory in Tirreno Adriatico and a 3rd overall as well as other fantastic
results. The Spring classics were also marked by impressive performances... Jakob finished 2nd in Strade Bianche, 3rd in Amstel Gold Race and 2nd in la Fleche Wallone.
A dream came true when Jakob won Liege-Bastogne-Liege, leaving everyone behind and winning his first monument race!
The year continued successful as Jakob won the Criterium du Dauphiné overall for a second time.
The Tour de France was another big goal on his program but unfortunately a crash on stage 1 has weakened him and a dramatic crash on stage 16 forced him to abandon the Tour de France 2019. After
a short period of recovery, Jakob competed in the Vuelta a Espana to hunt for a stage victory and he completed his mission by winning stage 16 which was one of the hardest and most mountainous
stages of the race.
Jakob finished 2019 with an impressive 3rd overall in the UCI world ranking.
Jakob started his season2020 by winning 2 stages and the overall classification at Ruta del Sol. In March 2020, Covid-19 hit Europe for real and all races were cancelled, the season was put
on hold. It was a strange time for everyone with no clear plans of when racing can start again. Finally in August 2020, Jakob restarted the season with Strade Bianche where he finished 4th. Soon
after he competed in the Italian classics. Another big dream came true when Jakob won Il Lombardia 2020 and with that secured his 2nd monument.
The goal after Il Lombardia was to target the overall classification in the Giro Italia. The race was full of ups and downs for Jakob, he lost two his strongest mountain domestiques on the
first day to a crash and illness. The race went on but kept holding a lot of bad luck for Jakob, he suffered a puncture in the final descent before the finish which made him lose important time
and put his GS chances in doubt. Nevertheless he kept fighting, finished 4th on the Queens stage in the dolomites and finished the Giro Italia as 6th overall.
2021 Jakob will focus on one day races and shorter Stage races. His big goals are the Ardenne classics, tour de suisse and the olympic games in Tokyo.
His strength is climbing and riding for Overall Classifications and hilly one day races, Jakob is also very strong technically and his strength is riding long and challenging races due to his
Jakob is a well known rider in the peloton, always striving for the best possible results, always at the front, always motivated and always fighting. By now he has a solid palmares proving he is
one of the strongest riders of this time.
He is a precious rider for the Astana Pro Team and hungry for many more victories to come.
His biggest dreams are winning another monument, another one-week stage race, the Road World Championships or Olympic gold medal which he will keep fighting for.
1st Il Lombardia
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
4th Strade Bianche
1st stage 1 - Vuelta a Andalucia (Ruta del Sol)
1st Liege - Bastogne - Liege
1st overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st overall Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta del Sol
1st stage 5 Tirreno-Adriatico
1st stage 16 Vuelta a Espana
3rd in the UCI world ranking
2nd Strade Bianche
2nd La Flèche Wallone
3rd overall Tirreno-Adriatico
3rd overall Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Amstel Gold Race
4th Giro del Lombardia
1st - stage 4 Tour de Romandie
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall Vuelta Ciclista Valenciana
4th Overall Tour of Andalusia
8th Amstel Goldrace
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
12th Overall Tour de France
8th Milano - Torino
6th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st - stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st - stage 8 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st - Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Overall Tour of Oman
11th Strade Bianche
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino
Olympic silver medal at Olympic Games in Rio 2016
7th Tour of Oman
7th Paris Nice
8th Flèche Wallone
9th Liége - Bastogne - Liège
5th Overall Paris Nice
7th Tour of Romandie
10th Dauphiné Libéré
2nd stage 5 Tour de France
7th Overall Tour de France - 2nd at stage 9
6th Tour of Andalousia
8th Tour of Murcia
4th Dauphiné Libéré - 2nd at stage 7
4th Trofeo Deia
1st Overall Tour of Luxembourg
1st Danish TT Nationals
1st Overall Tour of Austria - 1st at stage 4
12th Olympics London
6th Overall Tour of Colorado
3rd stage 3 Critérium International
4th Amstel Goldrace
4th Overall Tour de Suisse - 3rd at stage 3
2nd Danish Nationals
1st stage 3 Tour of Denmark
10th World Championships TT
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Danish Nationals TT
1st Overall Tour of Denmark
3rd Overall Franco-Belge
2nd Memorial VDB
2nd GP Beghelli
4th Giro dell Lombardia
6th Overall Vuelta a Catalunya
6st Overall Dauphiné Libéré - 5th at stage 5 and stage 7