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Johan Jacobs

Character and sympathy

AN EXAMPLE, WITH OR WITHOUT BIKE. A rider who devotes himself to his team-mates wherever it’s needed; an explosive competitor, a fast finisher, one who likes to go on the attack; a charming guy outside the race, polite, genuinely sympathetic, tremendously professional. Johan Jacobs has been one of the Movistar Team’s best news in recent years, results not playing an impact on that consideration. A strong rouleur, the Swiss rider has full confidence from his leaders and takes on that pulling role so necessary at many events, while not ruling out taking on individual duties into breaks he performs so intelligently at. 2022 was a difficult season for him, especially on the second half due to covid before the TDF and a collarbone fracture in the Tour de Pologne. He deserves that good luck comes his way back in 2023, what will be his fourth season in Blue colours.

CAME FROM THE MUD – AND WENT BACK! Johan had taken the leap towards the road from cyclo-cross, a discipline he excelled at as a junior and was thought to be a future superstar. However, he lost the feel and love for CX as an under-23 rider, even thinking about an early stop from cycling altogether. He was then called up by Lotto-Soudal U23 in 2019, an excellent launchpad for this powerhouse’s career before heading into the WorldTour with the Movistar Team, where he took 2nd at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, wore the Swiss national team jersey at the Tour de l’Avenir and the Worlds (long break in Yorkshire) and finished 7th at De Ronde Beloften. Four years after leaving cyclo-cross, he returned to ‘het veld’ in the winter of 2022 as part of the Movistar Team, riding some World Cup and Superprestige events to rediscover the love for mud.

UNUSUAL ORIGINS. Due to her work journeys, Jacobs’ mom, born in Switzerland, met his father, a Belgian, and both ended up living in the Helvetic country, where the young Johan was born. However, and actually as a result of his cyclo-cross career, he ended up living in the Flemish coast, where he spends most of the year -and lives with his wife, Charlotte, also the daughter of a cyclo-cross rider- and lives and breathes the atmosphere of his beloved classics. He speaks perfect Dutch, and that may deceive those with a not-so-trained eye, but don’t make any mistakes: he’s a proud Swiss, actually just the third in more than 40 years of Abarca Sports rosters, after Fabian Fuchs and Alex Zülle.

From:
Berg am Irchel, Zürich
Birth:
01/03/1997
Country:
SUI
Height:
192 Cm
Weight:
72 Kg
Pro debut:
2016
Years in team:
3
Career path:

2020-22: Movistar Team
2018: Pauwels Sauzen
2016: Marlux – Napoleon

Results
20th
3rdstage
Tour de Romandie
24th
Dwars door Vlaanderen
26th
Clásica de Almería
29th
1ststage
Tour de Romandie
34th
Gooikse Pijl
38th
3rdstage
Tour de Suisse
40th
Jaén Paraíso Interior
40th
Amstel Gold Race
44th
Gent-Wevelgem
45th
Omloop van het Houtland
45th
8thstage
Tour de Suisse
50th
4thstage
Tour de Wallonie
54th
6thstage
Paris-Nice
61th
6thstage
Tour de Suisse
64th
Ronde van Vlaanderen
64th
4thstage
Paris-Nice
65th
Tour de Suisse
65th
7thstage
Tour de Suisse
65th
5thstage
Paris-Nice
66th
7thstage
Paris-Nice
67th
2ndstage
Paris-Nice
68th
GP Kanton Aargau
68th
1ststage
Paris-Nice
74th
3rdstage
Paris-Nice
75th
Brugge - De Panne Classic
77th
Primus Classic
84th
5thstage
Tour de Suisse
86th
1ststage
Tour de Wallonie
94th
Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
104th
E3 Harelbeke Classic
104th
Gran Piemonte
105th
3rdstage
Tour de Wallonie
105th
2ndstage
Tour de Suisse
106th
Il Lombardia
123th
Grand Prix de Wallonie
124th
2ndstage
Tour de Romandie
125th
1ststage
Tour de Suisse
126th
4thstage
Tour de Romandie
127th
2ndstage
Tour de Wallonie
131th
4thstage
Tour de Suisse
145th
1ststage
Tour de Pologne