Elsy Jacobs Line Up Revealed
The Bigla Pro Cycling Team will take part in Elsy Jacobs race in Luxembourg from 1 - 3 May. The team will start an experienced line up and will look for opportunities after some good performances in the last few weeks. The race starts with a 5.6km prologue on Friday followed by two road stages on Saturday and Sunday. Annemiek van Vleuten won the prologue in 2012 and 2013, along with another stage win in 2012 and last year Shelley Olds finished on the podium on the overall classification.
Below, both riders share their thoughts on the event. Despite fracturing her rib in a training crash the day before Flèche Wallonne, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio will take to the start. The line up is completed by Iris Slappendel, Lisa Klein and Vera Koedooder.
Annemiek van Vleuten
Luxembourg starts with a 5km prologue. I like prologues, the shorter, and the more technical the better for me. I did win it twice before, but then it was only 2km on a different course. It will be my first time trial on my Cervélo TT bike. So it will be a nice test on this bike and I hope the result will give me confidence for the time trials that are coming up this year. The local laps on Saturday are hard with two climbs in each lap. Last year it was a bit too hard for me but I think I am hopefully in the same shape as Fléche, and we have a strong team so we can play the game. With Shelley we have also a fast sprinter, so we have a good team for Lux with a mix of climbers and sprinters.
Luxembourg is a great race and I was in good shape last year, coming off a win in Winston-Salem, U.S.A. This year is a little different, coming back from the crash. The races are quite different than last weekend with a prologue and some hillier courses. And I will add another consecutive day of racing. However, I am feeling better than I expected to feel after the races and everything is moving forward nicely. With good form, Luxembourg is a great race to compete at a high level on some tough courses. My goal will be to meet the challenge.
Stage 2 - 53,6 km + 5×9,8 km = 102,6 km
Stage 3 - 1×9 km + 54,1 km + 4×9 km = 99,1 km