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by Matt de Neef
May 1, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the Tour de Romandie; Serge Pauwels wins men’s Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Lizzie Deignan wins women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Quintana tunes Giro form with Vuelta Asturias queen stage victory; Christine Majerus takes overall win at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Astana opt not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro line-up; Remembering Chad Young – A tribute from the team soigneur; Moscon racially abuses Reza at Tour de Romandie; Film review – Thereabouts 3; Big crash in the women’s Red Hook Crit.
Hometown hero Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) has become the first Luxembourgish rider to win Festival Elsy Jacobs. The 25-time national champion (and reigning road champion) moved into the overall lead with a victory from a group of seven on stage 1, before holding that lead with third in the stage 2 sprint finish. Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) and Ashleigh Moolman Paiso (Cervélo-Bigla) completed the general classification podium.
“It was great to be a part of Boels-Dolmans today,” said Majerus. “You need to be strong to do the general classification but defending the jersey today wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates. They all did their jobs perfectly today, and they did it with a lot of passion. That makes the difference.”
Majerus had started the final stage with a three-second buffer over Ashleigh Moolman (Cervelo Bigla) and seven seconds on Bujak. The gaps were small enough that bonus seconds at the finish line – 10 for first, six for second and four for third – could come into play.
The hills and the continual attacks eventually forced a split in the peloton with 40 riders making the front group selection. Majerus focused on following Moolman and eventually the stage came down to a bunch sprint, which was won by Elise Delzenne (Lotto Soudal Ladies).
“There was still a bit of poker there at the end,” said Majerus. “With the bonus seconds, I had to be at least on the podium and Ashleigh should not be in front of me. There was a lot of looking around. I was in the wind too early. It wasn’t a good sprint to win the stage, but it was a good sprint to win the jersey.”