27 Abr Festival Elsy Jacobs Preview (WE 2.1)
The Festival Luxembourgeois du cyclisme féminin Elsy Jacobs is an Elite women’s stage race held in Garnich, Luxembourg. This year the 31st edition of the race will be held under UCI Elite 2.1 ranking from Friday, 28 April until Sunday, 30 April. The race is named after Luxembourg greatest cyclist Elsy Jacobs. The race was formerly known as the Grand Prix Elsy Jacobs, but its name was changed once its format switched from a one-day stage race to a stage race in 2012. Since 2008 the race has been included in the UCI Women’s calendar and ranked as a Women Elite .1 race.
Elsy Jacobs: The Grand Duchess
Born in Garnish, Luxembourg in 1933 Elsy Jacobs was a trailblazer. The Luxemburger cyclist played a key role in the growth of women cycling when it was just flourishing in France, Great Britain and the URSS. The Luxemburger rider became the first ever Road World Champion in 1958, as she finished first the 59-kilometre course in Reims, almost three minutes ahead of Tamara Novikova and Mariya Loukchina (URSS), who claimed silver and bronze medals respectively. 1958 was a very fruitful year for Jacobs as she broke the women’ Hour Record (HR) on November 9th 1958 setting a 41.347km mark at Vigorelli Velodrome.
Dutch rider Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) is the record-holder of the race with three victories, having won the race once under the GP format and twice under the Festival stage race format. However, in this occasion Vos won’t take place in the race. Local star Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans), who finished on the podium in the final stage of the previous edition, will try to perform well in front of her home crowds.
From Friday, 28 April until Sunday, 30 April
Same course as in the 2016 edition of Festival Elsy Jacobs. Short but very tough prologue, facing a 200-metre climb at an average 8% gradient (with maximum 14% gradients) at the start of the prologue.
Our favourite: Lotta Lepistö Our outsider: Lotte Kopecky
Same course as in the 2016 edition of Festival Elsy Jacobs. With start an finish in Steinfort riders will cover an initial long circuit lap of 51 kilometres before entering the 9.4-kilometre local circuit that features the final categorised climbs of the day, that riders will face five times.
Our favourite: Christine Majerus Our outsider: Maria Giulia Confalonieri
Same course as in the final stage of the 2016 edition of Festival Elsy Jacobs. With start and finish in Garnich, riders will cover a 70-kilometre circuit before entering the 9-kilometre local circuit that the peloton will face five times.
Our favourite: Eugenia Bujak Our outsider: Elise Delzenne
Favourites & Outsiders
Ashleigh Moolman, Christine Majerus, Megan Guarnier, Thalita de Jong
Lotta Lepistö, Vita Heine, Ann-sophie Duyck, Hayley Simmonds, Lotte Kopecky
Tatiana Riabchenko, Eugenia Bujak, Elise Delzenne, Hanna Solovey, Flavia Oliveira, Tatiana Guderzo
Our favourite: Ashleigh Moolman
Our outsider: Tatiana Riabchenko
There won’t be any Spanish riders participating at the 2017 edition of Festival Elsy Jacobs.
Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabobank Liv) won the previous edition of the Festival Elsy Jacobs after soloed to the victory in Garnich, in the final stage of the stage race. Australian rider Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) finished second while Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv) completed the podium.
How to follow the race
The 2017 edition of Festival Elsy Jacobs will be streamed live here.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: