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Festival Elsy Jacobs: Emma Norsgaard wins stage 1

STEINFORT LUXEMBOURG MAY 01 Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team celebrates at arrival during the 13th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2021 Stage 1 a 1251km stage from Steinfort to Steinfort 321m felsy UCIProSeries on May 01 2021 in Steinfort Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
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Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) took her first victory of the season at stage 1 of the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Steinfort. Norsgaard won the bunch sprint ahead of Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT) and Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM) in third.

Norsgaard has moved into the overall race lead ahead of the finale stage 2 on Sunday.

"When I crossed the finish line I actually felt more relieved than happy, I was like “finally”, the feeling that I’ve been waiting the whole season to this victory so first it was relief, but then I saw my teammates and then I was so happy, they did an amazing job for me today, they all sacrificed themselves for me today so I’m super proud of this team, it’s amazing to be part of Movistar Team," Norsgaard said.

After a short prologue the previous day, stage 1 offered the peloton a 125.1-kilometre race that started and finished in Steinfort on Saturday. 

The peloton raced a 44.7-kilometre loop followed by four laps of a 20.1-kilometre circuit that included a climb each lap and a rise to the finish line. There were also four GPM ascents for points along the route toward the mountain classification.

Two breakaway riders emerged over the second mountain pass - Thalita de Jong (Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire) and Kathrin Hammes (Ceratizit-WNT) - they initially built a lead up to one minute but that grew to nearly three minutes with 60 km to go.

The gap dropped but the duo still held 1:30 gap with 27km to go, approaching the final lap.

Jumbo-Visma led the chase from the main field along with teams Parkhotel-Valkenburg and Liv Racing, and the pair were reeled back into the main field on the last lap.

Trek-Segafredo’s Tayler Wiles pushed the pace at the front of the field to set up her teammates for a sprint, but last-minute attacks caused some disruption among the front of the peloton. 

Overnight leader and prologue winner Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), who had crashed earlier in the race, was unable to contest the final.

Movistar, Jumbo-Visma, Valcar Travel & Service were all organised through the penultimate corner with with 900 metres to go, but Movistar proved strongest and led through the final bend and into the last few hundred metres.

Norsgaard started her sprint early and put a huge distance between herself and runner-up Confalonieri and Kirchmann to take her first win of the season.

"It was awesome, because we had a talk before the race about how it could be and they just did it perfectly. We almost didn’t talk about it in the moment and they came flying on the last corner and positioning me perfectly, I went on the wheel and everything was just perfect, I had the perfect finish, and this is what made the victory," Norsgaard said.

"I wasn’t calm during the stage, I felt I wanted to do something, I wanted to go in the break but Aude [Biannic] was really good at calming me down, she said: 'Emma, relax, you need to wait.' So I tried to wait but it was a bit difficult to be honest.

"I want to dedicate this victory to the whole team, at 100 per cent, they always go so hard for me, they always sacrifice and finally it’s not for a second place anymore."

The peloton will resume racing for the finale stage 2 to close out the Festival Elsy Jacobs with a 105.3-kilometre race that starts and finishes in Garnich on Sunday. 

The race will begin on a 61.3-kilometre loop, followed by five laps of an 8.8-kilometre circuit in Garnich. There are four GPM ascents for points during the race and it promises an explosive finale to the Festival Elsy Jacobs.

"We are going to try anything to defend my leader’s jersey, it can be super hard but now I have a lot of confidence, and I think the team is happy and confident, so tomorrow is going to be fun, as well as a 100 per cent effort," Norsgaard said.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women 3:14:06
2Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM 0:00:02
4Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing
5Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
6Christine Majerus (Lux) Team SD Worx
7Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
8Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo
9Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
10Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing
11Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing
12Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
13Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
14Coryn Rivera (USA) Team DSM
15Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women
16Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
17Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing
18Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
19Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team SD Worx
20Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Team SD Worx
21Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
22Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
23Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
24Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Team SD Worx
25Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
26Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
27Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
28Anna Shackley (GBr) Team SD Worx
29Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing
30Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
31Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
32Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
33Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing
34Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
35Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:13
36Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
37Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
38Olivia Baril (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
39Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing
40Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing
41Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
42Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo
43Julia van Bokhoven (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
44Amber van der Hulst (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:23
45Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:25
46Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:00:37
47Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:52
48Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
49Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:08
50Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
51Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:01:31
52Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
53Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
54Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
55Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
56Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:04:34
57Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:04:41
58Nancy van der Berg (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:04:44
59Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
60Manon Souyris (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
61Rylee McMullen (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
62Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
63Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
64Mae Lang (Est) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
65Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
66Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
67Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
68Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
69Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
70Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
71Laura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
72Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing
73Alessia Patuelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:04:56
74Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:05:06
75Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
76Elynor Backstedt (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:23
77Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
78Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM
79Esmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM
80Marjolein Van'T Geloof (Ned) Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR. 0:06:54
81Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
82Anastasiya Kolesava (Blr) WCC Team
83Dani Christmas (BGr) Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR
84Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
85Nina Berton (Lux) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
86Anna Christian (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
87Sandra Weiss (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
88Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women
89Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:11:04
90Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFSofie van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFCoralie Demay (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFAyan Khankishiyeva (Aze) WCC Team
DNFAkvil_ Gedraityte (Lit) WCC Team
DNFSéverine Eraud (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFMagdeleine Vallieres-Mill (Can) WCC Team
DNFDemi De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFLauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNFNikola Noskova (Cze) Team SD Worx
DNFElodie Le Bail (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) WCC Team
DNFWilma Olausson (Swe) Team DSM
DNFFatima Zahra El Hayani (Mar) WCC Team
DNFCelia Le Mouel (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire

General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women 3:17:15
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM 0:00:04
3Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:00:08
4Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10
5Thalita De Jong (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
6Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Team SD Worx
7Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
8Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:11
9Christine Majerus (Lux) Team SD Worx
10Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:00:12
11Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:13
12Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
13Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:14
14Coryn Rivera (USA) Team DSM 0:00:15
15Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing
16Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
17Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:16
18Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing
19Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team SD Worx 0:00:17
20Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women 0:00:19
21Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing 0:00:20
22Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:22
23Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
24Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Team SD Worx 0:00:23
25Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:24
26Julie Leth (Den) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
27Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:00:25
28Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
29Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
30Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:26
31Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing
32Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:00:27
33Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing
34Anna Shackley (GBr) Team SD Worx
35Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:29
36Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:00:32
37Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
38Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:33
39Amber van der Hulst (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:35
40Julia van Bokhoven (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:36
41Marta Jaskulska (Pol) Liv Racing
42Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:37
43Lara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
44Olivia Baril (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team
45Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:41
46Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:01:00
47Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:01:09
48Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:01:21
49Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:27
50Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:31
51Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:49
52Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:01:50
53Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
54Neve Bradbury (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:01:52
55Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:02:01
56Vita Heine (Nor) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:04:58
57Nancy van der Berg (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:05:00
58Laura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:05:04
59Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:05:05
60Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:05:08
61Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
62Natalie van Gogh (Ned) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire
63Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:05:10
64Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
65Manon Souyris (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:05:11
66Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:05:12
67Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing 0:05:13
68Rylee McMullen (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
69Georgia Danford (NZl) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:05:14
70Justine Ghekiere (Bel) Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire 0:05:15
71Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:05:16
72Mae Lang (Est) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:05:17
73Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women
74Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:05:20
75Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM 0:05:26
76Alessia Patuelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:05:28
77Esmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM 0:05:37
78Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:41
79Elynor Backstedt (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:44
80Marjolein Van'T Geloof (Ned) Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR. 0:07:09
81Alba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:07:13
82Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:07:15
83Dani Christmas (BGr) Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR 0:07:19
84Anna Christian (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:07:20
85Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:07:22
86Nina Berton (Lux) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:07:25
87Sandra Weiss (Swi) Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch 0:07:26
88Anastasiya Kolesava (Blr) WCC Team 0:07:28
89Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:11:20
90Finja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:11:32

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