Upcoming Tour de France
Jakob and the whole Pro Team Astana went trough a very hard time with the big loss of their friend and team mate Michele Scarponi. On the Ardenne classic Liege - Bastogne - Liege, all thoughts were with the family of Michele. The riders were racing with Michele in their hearts, as they will do in the future. He will always be in their memory as the most amazing team mate and great friend.
After the Ardenne Classics, Jakob took a planned break off the bike to recover from the races but also from the emotional loss.
He is back in training and full in to preparing for the biggest goals of the season, the upcoming Critérium du Dauphiné as well as the Tour de France.
Soon he will leave for a long Altitude training camp on the popular Teide in Teneriffe where he will continue his preparation.
The shape is good and the preparation is running perfectly. Jakob will use the Critérium du Dauphiné as a preparation and will try to do a top result in General Classification in Tour de France.
Ardennes Classics 2017
The 52nd edition of the Amstel Goldrace has opened the traditional Ardennes Classics week in the Netherlands. The peloton passed 261km from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijd near Valkenburg. The race was impressively won by the Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert.
Astana Pro Team competed with Michael Valgren and Alexey Lutsenko as team leaders, and Jakob as road captain. Michael Valgren had done a great performance arriving 2nd at the Amstel Goldrace 2016. This year he attacked from the chasing group with a few km to go to try to get a top - 10 classification but he was caught back by the rivals and finished 35th inside a big group. Jakob did his job as a road captain and full filled his roles as a helper.
On Wednesday, April 19th, Astana Pro Team will continue the Ardennes Classic week with la Flèche Wallonne. Jakob will be team leader for that Classic and try to do a Top Classification.
Paris Nice 2017
The prestigious world tour race Paris Nice didn't start at its best for Jakob.
Unexpected high winds and stormy weather caused the peloton to break in many pieces on the 1st stage. Jakob was in the 2nd group with mainly all the other GC contenders until he was unlucky to have a flat tire in a bad moment. This cost him his ambitions for the General Classification of Paris Nice.
The following stages were marked by stormy weather and ended in Sprints. On stage 6 the peloton hit the first mountains with a steep but short finish in Fayence where Jakob finished 6th.
The tactic had changed and he now worked for a stage victory.
Stage 7 was the queens stage of Paris Nice with 3 mountains of category 1 and more than 4000 altitude meters of climbing. The stage finished for a first time on the 15km long col de la Couillole, the highest finish ever in Paris Nice. Jakob was very active and tried to attack several times of the final ascent, having a battle for victory with Richie Porte who ended up winning the stage. Jakob finished 6th on the queens stage.
Stage 8 led the riders over several mountains and the category 1 col d'èze before having the final finish in Nice. Jakob wanted to take his chance and attacked several times on col d'èze but the other contenders wouldn't let him get away.
" I am really happy with these three mountain stages here at the Paris-Nice. Think these stages showed I am where I have to be for now. That makes me happy and I am looking forward towards the Tour de France. To be there in front all three days with all the leaders is important for me, because it shows my stability in the mountains and also that I have legs to try something as well. I am pretty happy with my performance here in France. Now it is time for some recovery, because we had here some really hard stages. And later my next goal will be the Volta a Catalunya " - said Jakob.
He ended Paris-Nice 12th in GC and is hoping for more luck in the upcoming Volta Catalunya where he will give it a new try for GC.
Tour of Oman 2017
Jakob experienced a few good stages at this years Tour of Oman, arriving 3rd in stage 2 and 5th in stage 3.
Jakob was 3rd in GC until the decisive stage 5 finishing on the Green Mountain, where he still missed a bit to stay with the best.
" Of course i would have been happy to keep my 3rd spot in GC and finish it on the podium like last year but it doesn't always work the way you want. It's still early in the season and there are many important races to come. Now I'm back home preparing and training to make sure I'm ready for the upcoming races. "
Jakob's next race will be Paris - Nice.
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Jakob moves to 6th Overall after the Queen's stage.
The mountain queen's stage of 180km ended with the hard 4km climb Camins de Penyaglosa and shook the general classification of the race.
Jakob did a strong first race of the season, finishing at 6th place in General classification.
" I am happy with the way I did this race and with the result I was able to obtain. The main thing for me was to check my level after all that work that has been done in winter. I can say that I am satisfied. I believe that I am on the right way in my preparation for
the main part of the season. I was able to ride strong on the final
steep climb of stage 4 after a long and exhausting day and this
proves i worked really well in winter. I still have some work to be
done in the next weeks, but in general everything is going as it was
planned. " says Jakob.
Jakob will now go back home for training and preparation for the
upcoming Tour of Oman.
New season - new sponsors - new goals
The start of the 2017 season is just around the corner. The world tour will kick off in Australia in a little week and Jakob is currently preparing the upcoming season in Calpe, Spain, where the team has its first camp of the year.
There has been a lot of changes in the team from 2016 to 2017. Not only has the team changed about 1/3 of the riders, but basically also all the material.
Astana pro team and Jakob will in 2017 ride on Argon18 bikes, with Giordana cycling clothes, Limar helmets and Sidi cycling shoes.
Jakob's provisorial race program until the Tour de France has been decided, he will start in Spain with the Vuelta Cyclist Comunidad Valenciana from 1st to 5th of February. The rest of his race program you can find under 'RACE PROGRAM'.
Jakob's main goal for the season 2017 will be the Tour de France where he will be the captain for Astana Pro Team.
Olympics Rio 2016
This year's Olympic road race took the riders over hard and challenging 240 kilometers trough Brazil. It was a race full of action with well deserved medal winners. " It was a super hard race, i gave it all and took the right decisions with the amazing help of my two team mates Christopher Juul Jensen and Chris Anker Sörensen. And the luck was on my side that day as well. I am super happy and proud for the silver medal for me and my country. " says the Olympic medallist.