Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team) put an end on Saturday, on stage one of the Festival Elsy Jacobs (UCI ProSeries) in Luxembourg, to an almost endless streak of good places without a victory she’s long deserved. The 21-year-old Danish champion took a resounding success at the group sprint in Steinfort, taking the yellow jersey as GC leader in the process, to pay back after magnificent efforts from all of her five team-mates.
Barbara Guarischi, Lourdes Oyarbide and Alba Teruel kept the ‘Danish Rocket”s powder dry all day, sheltering her from the winds and following all the moves at the front of the peloton behind the early break, alongside Leah Thomas. The Californian would later cap off that work – together with Aude Biannic, entirely focused on guiding Norsgaard through the field – with a spectacular leadout, leaving no chance to the other big teams, and setting Emma perfectly as she won with a big gap against Confalonieri (WNT, 2nd) and Kirchmann (DSM, 3rd).
It’s Norsgaard’s fourth UCI win, the Silkeborg native having previously notched up two national road race titles -including the current, 2020 one- and stage one of the 2020 Setmana Valenciana. This one will surely help the Nordic youngster unleash her power over the next few months.
REACTION / Emma Norsgaard:
“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 team mates 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.