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Ambitious Swinkels ready for Elsy Jacobs

Ambitious Swinkels ready for Elsy Jacobs

Festival Elsy Jacobs is a three-day stage race. It starts on Friday 29 April, with a 2.2-kilometre prologue. On Saturday and Sunday, a hilly stage…

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Festival Elsy Jacobs is a three-day stage race. It starts on Friday 29 April, with a 2.2-kilometre prologue. On Saturday and Sunday, a hilly stage race is on the programme. Last year, Swinkels finished third in the short time trial. She finished seventh in the first stage and ninth in the final stage. It resulted in fourth place in the general classification, just outside the podium. This year she would like to finish at least one place higher.

"We have a strong team at the start with several girls who can make it to the podium", the 23-year-old rider said. "This race suits us well; we can ride for the win. We feel good about each other as a team and we have all grown as riders. We have learned to communicate better during the race and show leadership. We will definitely do that during Elsy Jacobs. In addition, I have also taken steps in my personal development this spring. I have shown that I can be important far into the final. This weekend, I will take my chances and am confident that I can get far." This year, the prologue will also start in Cessange. The riders will start at 293 metres altitude, descend to 286 metres on the way and finish at 205 metres altitude. Swinkels has learned from last year’s edition.

"Last year, I didn’t take some turns well. I blamed myself for that. This year I’m going to do it differently. I have already visualised the race […]

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