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Lepistö sprints to a top 10 in Festival Elsy Jacobs

Lepistö sprints to a top 10 in Festival Elsy Jacobs

Lepistö sprints to a top 10 in Festival Elsy Jacobs

The second stage of Festival Elsy Jacobs ended in an expected bunch sprint. Lotta Lepistö represented the team up front by finishing 8th place.

Numerous breakaway attempts were brought back throughout the 97,7-kilometre stage to ensure the sprinters had their day. The most dangerous looking race situation came in the last 30 kilometres when the peloton split into several groups. The panic was short-lived as things came back together.

“It started raining in the last 10 kilometres and got hectic,” Lepistö said. “There were some crashes so we had to be careful. I was mentally ready to sprint, but I was a little too far back in the last kilometre. The sprinting instinct is slowly coming back. I wasn’t sure about the form and the feeling but we are improving all the time. Tomorrow is another day and we will give it our all for sure.”

The 3-day stage race in Luxembourg will conclude tomorrow. The final stage will be the longest of the race over 111,1 kilometres starting and finishing in Garnich.

The peloton approaches Simmerschmelz on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton ups the pace on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig climbs on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Nicole Hanselman digs deep on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton accelerates after a corner on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton descends on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Cervélo-Bigla bikes are ready for Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton chases during Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton ups the pace on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton approaches the short loop on Stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs - a 97.7 km road race, starting and finishing in Steinfort on April 28, 2018, in Luxembourg. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)