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Festival Elsy Jacobs: Anna Henderson wins prologue

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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Anna Henderson of United Kingdom and Jumbo Visma Women Team sprints during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Anna Henderson of Jumbo-Visma won the opening day of 2022 Festival Elsy Jacobs (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Silvia Persico of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service sprints during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Italian Silvia Persico of Valcar-Travel & Service was in the hot seat for most of the day and finished third (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Karlijn Swinkels of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Women Team sprints during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo-Visma) rode to fourth on prologue (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Lisa Klein of Germany and Team CanyonSRAM Racing sprints during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lisa Klein (CanyonSRAM Racing) had fifth best time (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Demi Vollering of Netherlands and Team SD Worx sprints during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) held the lead for a brief time and was overtaken by Anna Henderson at the end (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Anna Henderson of United Kingdom and Jumbo Visma Women Team celebrates at podium as stage winner during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

British time trial national champion and Jumbo-Visma rider Anna Henderson celebrates prologue victory (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Anna Henderson of United Kingdom and Jumbo Visma Women Team celebrates at podium as Yellow Leader Jersey winner during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma) earns leader's jersey with prologue victory (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
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LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Demi Vollering of Netherlands and Team SD Worx waits for reasults after the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) finished second in prologue (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma) stormed across the technical 2.2km course in 3:09 to win the prologue of the 2022 Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs and don the first leader's jersey for the three-day race.

Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service), the eighth rider to start on Friday, set the best time of 3:13, which held for most of the day until Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) crossed the line two seconds better. Just two riders later, Henderson crossed the line with the fastest time that settled the podium, and GC standings, Vollering taking second and Persico third.

It was the first victory of the season for Henderson, who wore the colours as the British time trial champion. All three of her Jumbo-Visma teammates finished in the top 15 - Karlijn Swinkels was fourth in the prologue, Jip van den Bos was sixth, and Noemi Ruëgg finished in 14th. Amber Kraak had to withdraw due to illness. 

"It took me some time to recover from Liège-Bastogne-Liège last weekend. It’s great to get my first win of the season and do it in my champion’s jersey," Henderson said after the race in a team statement. 

"It was a course for riders with a punch and it was very technical. You can have all the power in the world, but if you don’t go through the corners quickly, you can’t win here. I explored the course at least fifteen times. That worked well. It was a matter of giving everything until the line."

Henderson scooped up honors for classification leads with her ride, but will wear the yellow jersey on stage 1, while Henderson will wear the green point jersey and Persico will wear the QOM polka-dot jersey. Lieke Nooijen (Parkhotel Valkenburg) earned the white young rider award.

Vollering was one of the favourites, who is joined by Luxembourg national champion and former overall winner Christine Majerus and four other riders. Majerus finished seven seconds off the winning time and sits in 11th place, one spot behind teammate and Hungarian champion Blanka Kata Vas.

Stage 1 on Saturday has two loops for 122.8km through Luxembourg, the first circuit from Steinfort at 42.4km and then four passes of a local circuit of 20.1km.

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