Paternoster wins Festival Elsy Jacobs

Italian beats Lepisto to take final stage and overall title

Letizia Paternoster (Astana Women) sprinted to victory in an action-packed final stage of the Festival Elsy Jacobs. The win ahead of Lotta Lepisto was enough to give the 18-year-old the overall title, the biggest road win of her career so far.

The young Italian managed to win a chaotic bunch sprint at the conclusion of a very exciting stage, which saw the yellow jersey and local favourite Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) pushed down to second on general classification. Fourth on the day, American rider Alexis Ryan (Canyon//SRAM) finished third overall.

With many riders close together on the general classification, everything was to play for as the day started and the peloton headed out on a long opening loop. The first GPM brought no fireworks, though over the top Sofia Beggin (Astana Women) instigated a break of three women when she was joined first by Manon Lloyd (Trek Drops), then Jessy Druyts (Lotto-Soudal). The trio survived until the peloton reached the local laps around Garnich, only caught with 43km to go.

Once on those circuits, and having remained hidden on the opening classified climb, Sofia Bertizzolo (Astana Women) won the second GPM, and in so doing secured the blue WMT Ceratizit Group climber’s jersey, crossing the line at the top of the Montée de Garnich first.

Her move to win the points drew out some of the race favourites, Majerus, Ryan, Eugenia Bujak (BTC-City Ljubljana), Sabrina Stultiens (Waowdeals) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) all forming a break away, though the Italian was soon dropped. With a substantial lead Moolman-Pasio attacked, putting a now isolated Majerus under pressure.

Soon after Moolman-Pasio was caught, and a group of around 35 riders formed, though the attacks continued, with the Luxembourg champion forced to close each one down.

It was this group that contested the final sprint with Paternoster powerful enough to win the stage, the bonus seconds taking her into the overall race lead when it mattered most, and winning the Yellow Skoda leader’s jersey

As the top rated U23 rider Paternoster also secured the Ville de Luxembourg white jersey, to go with the Farei Services green points jersey the victory also secured her.

In her home race, defending champion Majerus was obviously disappointed.

“I think I did a really brave race today, I have nothing to regret I did all I could to defend the jersey,” she said after the podium ceremony. “In the end it came down to a sprint where I got boxed in, that’s life, I still drive home with a stage victory, which was my first goal, and a podium in the GC with a stronger field than last year, so I think I can be happy."


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's Team2:52:01 
2Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
3Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM  
4Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
6Susanne Andersen (Nor) Norway  
7Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix  
8Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
9Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
10Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
11Belle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
12Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
13Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
14Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
15Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
16Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
17Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
18Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
19Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
20Natalie Grinczer (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
21Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
22Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-Drops  
23Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
24Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
25Nancy Van Der Burg (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:03 
26Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
27Rachel Neylan (Aus) Movistar Team Women0:00:07 
28Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Norway  
29Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
30Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
31Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:10 
32Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:12 
33Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM  
34Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops0:00:41 
35Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
36Tsubasa Makise (Jpn) Maaslandster International Women's  
37Elise Maes (Lux) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:02:16 
38Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:42 
39Letizia Borghesi (Ita) BePink  
40Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:11 
41Stine Borgli (Nor) Norway  
42Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
43Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
44Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
45Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
46Lucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-Drops0:08:05 
47Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
48Marieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
49Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain  
50Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
51Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
52Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
53Ingvlid Gaskjenn (Nor) Norway  
54Armamda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster International Women's  
55Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team  
56Carol Thorvik-Olson (Nor) Jos Feron Lady Force  
57Louis Norman Hansen (Den) Denmark  
58Janine van der Meer (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
59Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
60Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink  
61Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain  
62Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) Maaslandster International Women's  
63Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix  
64Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
65Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
66Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
67Melissa Lowther (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team  
68Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM  
69Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
70Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
71Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
72Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
73Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:08:11 
74Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Maaslandster International Women's0:13:00 
75Celine van Houtem (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
76Manon Lloyd (GBr) Trek-Drops  
77Emily Wadsworth (GBr) Great Britain  
78Nathali Verschelden (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
79Line Gulliksen (Nor) Norway0:13:37 
80Ingrid Moe (Nor) Norway  
81Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:13:39 
82Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBM  
83Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:15:53 
84Rhona Callander (GBr) Great Britain  
85Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFMaaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFUrska Bravec (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink  
DNFFrancesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink  
DNFAnnabel Simpson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Drops  
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFSeverine Eraud (Fra) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Experza-Footlogix  
DNFLaura Vainionpää (Fin) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFChloë Turblin (Fra) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team  
DNFArianna Pruisscher (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFCaren Commissaris (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force  
DNFLauren Murphy (GBr) Maaslandster International Women's  
DNFRebecca Raybould (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFJessica Roberts (GBr) Great Britain  
DNFJohanne Macher (Den) Denmark  
DNFChristina Siggaard (Den) Denmark  
DNSCecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNSSara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM5 pts
2Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Maaslandster International Women's3 
3Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-Drops1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team5 pts
2Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team3 
3Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team5 pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam3 
3Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1 
Stage Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's Team15 pts
2Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team12 
3Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM10 
4Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing8 
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam7 
6Susanne Andersen (Nor) Norway6 
7Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix5 
8Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM4 
9Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing3 
10Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women2 
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's Team5:26:03 
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:01 
3Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:06 
4Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:08 
5Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
6Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM  
7Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:12 
8Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:00:13 
9Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
10Belle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:14 
11Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:15 
12Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:16 
13Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
14Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:00:17 
15Nancy Van Der Burg (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00:18 
16Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women0:00:19 
17Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:21 
18Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix0:00:22 
19Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
20Susanne Andersen (Nor) Norway  
21Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
22Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-Drops0:00:23 
23Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:25 
24Natalie Grinczer (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:27 
25Rachel Neylan (Aus) Movistar Team Women0:00:28 
26Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:29 
27Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
28Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:00:30 
29Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:34 
30Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Norway0:00:38 
31Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:45 
32Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:51 
33Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:01:05 
34Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops0:01:17 
35Tsubasa Makise (Jpn) Maaslandster International Women's0:01:59 
36Elise Maes (Lux) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:02:46 
37Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:02:50 
38Letizia Borghesi (Ita) BePink0:03:05 
39Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:03:21 
40Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:04:21 
41Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:24 
42Stine Borgli (Nor) Norway0:04:27 
43Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
44Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:04:28 
45Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:39 
46Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:08:18 
47Ganna Solovei (Ukr) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:08:22 
48Louis Norman Hansen (Den) Denmark  
49Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
50Melissa Lowther (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:08:27 
51Janine van der Meer (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:08:31 
52Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM0:08:34 
53Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain0:08:35 
54Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM0:08:37 
55Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team0:08:39 
56Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink0:08:44 
57Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Experza-Footlogix  
58Kirsten Peetoom (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force0:08:45 
59Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:08:53 
60Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:08:55 
61Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:09:11 
62Carol Thorvik-Olson (Nor) Jos Feron Lady Force0:09:25 
63Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:09:26 
64Ingvlid Gaskjenn (Nor) Norway0:09:35 
65Armamda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster International Women's0:09:36 
66Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:09:39 
67Bronwyn Macgregor (NZl) Maaslandster International Women's0:09:42 
68Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain0:09:48 
69Lucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-Drops  
70Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:09:51 
71Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:09:56 
72Marieke van Witzenburg (Ned) Health Mate-Cyclelive Team0:11:12 
73Gloria Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:11:31 
74Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Maaslandster International Women's0:13:32 
75Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:14:07 
76Manon Lloyd (GBr) Trek-Drops0:14:31 
77Emily Wadsworth (GBr) Great Britain0:14:45 
78Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBM0:15:15 
79Celine van Houtem (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force0:15:24 
80Line Gulliksen (Nor) Norway0:16:06 
81Ingrid Moe (Nor) Norway0:16:42 
82Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:17:18 
83Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:18:39 
84Nathali Verschelden (Bel) Jos Feron Lady Force0:19:02 
85Rhona Callander (GBr) Great Britain0:29:11 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team18 pts
2Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team8 
3Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Maaslandster International Women's8 
4Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM6 
5Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam4 
6Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 
7Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Norway3 
8Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-Drops2 
9Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana1 
10Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies1 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's Team26 pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam23 
3Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM Racing20 
4Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing18 
5Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team16 
6Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix11 
7Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM10 
8Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana10 
9Susanne Andersen (Nor) Norway6 
10Belle De Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg5 
11Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM4 
12Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies3 
13Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team2 
14Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women2 
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's Team5:26:03 
2Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing0:00:08 
3Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM  
4Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:13 
5Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:00:17 
6Demi de Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:21 
7Agnieszka Skalniak (Pol) Experza-Footlogix0:00:22 
8Susanne Andersen (Nor) Norway  
9Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:00:30 
10Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:01:05 
11Letizia Borghesi (Ita) BePink0:03:05 
12Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:24 
13Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:04:27 
14Louis Norman Hansen (Den) Denmark0:08:22 
15Alba Teruel (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
16Melissa Lowther (GBr) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:08:27 
17Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM0:08:34 
18Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain0:08:35 
19Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM0:08:37 
20Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink0:08:44 
21Sofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:08:55 
22Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:09:11 
23Ingvlid Gaskjenn (Nor) Norway0:09:35 
24Armamda Jamieson (NZl) Maaslandster International Women's0:09:36 
25Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain0:09:48 
26Lucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-Drops  
27Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:09:51 
28Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:09:56 
29Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink0:14:07 
30Manon Lloyd (GBr) Trek-Drops0:14:31 
31Emily Wadsworth (GBr) Great Britain0:14:45 
32Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBM0:15:15 
33Celine van Houtem (Ned) Jos Feron Lady Force0:15:24 
34Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:17:18 
35Rhona Callander (GBr) Great Britain0:29:11 

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