Photo gallery: Kasia Niewiadoma delivers Rabo-Liv its sixth Elsy Jacobs win

by Jeanine Laudy


Rabo-Liv went into the Festival Elsy Jacobs as the team to beat, with five GC wins within the team over the last five years. Marianne Vos won this Luxembourg race in 2011, ’12 and ’13, while  Anna van der Breggen was victorious in 2014 and ’15.

Although Marianne Vos started out really strong by finishing 2nd in the prologue, it took a solo attack by Kasia Niewiadoma in the second stage to secure the overall win.

Take a look at our Velofocus photo gallery and some videos to see what happened during the three days of racing in Luxemburg.

The final GC

Festival Elsy Jacobs (2.1) Garnich → Garnich

NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
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NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
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GARFOOT Katrin Orica - AIS
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MAJERUS Christine Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team

NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

SMALL Carmen

NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna

Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team

Prologue: 2.8 kilometer individual time trial

On Friday night, the Festival Elsy Jacobs kicked off with a 2.8 kilometer individual time trial. A true prologue specialist, Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) was the one to watch and indeed she set the fastest time.

Behind her, Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) showed she recovered well from her crash in Dwars door de Westhoek a couple of days before by taking second place.

For a while, two women stood in third place; Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) and Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) both had a time of 4’00”. Ultimately Van Dijk was awarded third place and Garfoot was placed 4th.

Results

Festival Elsy Jacobs (2.1) Cessange → Cessange

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
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VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Orica - AIS
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VOS Marianne Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
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VAN DIJK Ellen Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

DE JONG Thalita

Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team

Stage 1: 106.9 kilometer road race

In a cold and wet Steinfort, the first stage started with one big loop, followed by six laps on a local circuit.

It came down to a bunch sprint and Cervélo-Bigla’s Lotta Lepistö crossed the line first with a small gap on the rest of the field. Because of the bonification seconds awarded at the line, she took over the leader’s jersey from Van Vleuten too.

Boels-Dolmans’ Amalie Dideriksen finished second, riding for her own chances as Christine Majerus had said she was too cold to sprint: “When Christine said she wasn’t going to sprint, I hadn’t really even thought about doing it myself, but in the end, we were changing plans, and I had to do it. I got boxed in and found a way out. I’m definitely happy I could get second,” Dideriksen is quoted on the Boels-Dolmans website.

Stage winner Lepistö said she “was thinking ‘what are we doing here?!'” during the stage, referring to the cold and rain. But a true sprinter always goes for it when she sees the line and that’s just what she did:

Results

Festival Elsy Jacobs (2.1) Steinfort → Steinfort

HENTTALA Lotta
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HENTTALA Lotta Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling
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DIDERIKSEN Amalie Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
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BUJAK Eugenia BTC City Ljubljana

HENTTALA Lotta

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

DE JONG Thalita

SMALL Carmen

Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team

Stage 2: 111.1 kilometer road race

Fortunately, the sun came out again for the second stage, which made it so much nicer to race.

With 35 riders within a minute down from GC leader Lepistö, anything was still possible in the second stage through hilly Luxembourg.

Towards the end of the stage, Niewiadoma launched a monster attack out of a lead group of ten riders. She arrived at the finish line 45 seconds ahead of the thinned out chase group, not only winning the second stage, but also the GC.

On the Rabo-Liv website, DS Koos Moerenhout explained a little bit about the tactics for his team: “Sunday was the day to make or break our race. Not an easy task, with a difficult course and tough competition. But the team did a great job, we were in control all day and had two of our leaders at the front eventually.”

“When Kasia was on the attack, at one point I contemplated asking Anna to get to Kasia, as the peloton wasn’t far from the chase group. But then the gap opened up again and the situation was perfect for us.”

“If Kasia had been caught, Anna was ready to take over and attack as well. But that wasn’t necessary. Kasia took the stage, the GC and the youth classification. A triple win!”

Here are Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and Chantal Hoffmann (Lotto-Soudal) discussing how they did at the 2016 Festival Elsy Jacobs in their mother tongue, in this Luxembourg highlights video of stage 2 (with an incomprehensible Luxembourg voice-over):

Results

Festival Elsy Jacobs (2.1) Garnich → Garnich

NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna
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NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
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GARFOOT Katrin Orica - AIS
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MAJERUS Christine Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team

NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

SMALL Carmen

NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna

Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team

And to finish it off, here’s an inCycle video about the lovely winner of this race, Kasia Niewiadoma:

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