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Portrait ofJohan Jacobs
Place: Berg am Irchel, Zürich
Birth: 01/03/1997
Country: SUI
Height: 192 Cm
Weight: 72 Kg
Pro debut: 2016
Career path:

2019: Lotto-Soudal U23 (amateur)
2018: Pauwels Sauzen
2016: Marlux – Napoleon

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Johan Jacobs

NOT YOUR TYPICAL RIDER. He’s different and special, in many senses. His mother is Swiss, while his father is Belgian, and even if he races with a Swiss license, he spends most of the year in Flanders, one of the heartlands of cycling. His skills as a rider, a powerful rouleur and a man for the Northern classics, are also ideal to boost the Movistar Team’s chances into a terrain they haven’t historically been particularly strong. And his origin is also unusual into the Telefónica-backed squad, only featuring two Swiss members in its rosters since 1980 -Fabian Fuchs and Alex Zülle- and as many Belgians. One of which, Jürgen Roelandts, will help Johan better adapt to a different language and lifestyle.

A SPECTACULAR 2019 SEASON. He’s confirmed himself as one of the most promising riders in the European under-23 scene with his performances last year. He shone brightly at Paris-Roubaix Espoirs -2nd, only behind unstoppable Tom Pidcock- and the Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften, 7th into the final sprint. He also conquered the Ronde van Vlaamse-Brabant GC, including a TT victory, and made part of the Swiss national team at both the Tour de l’Avenir -where he won the TTT with his team-mates- and the Yorkshire Worlds, where he featured into the early break.

RIGHT FROM THE MUD. The 2019 season was the first one when Johan focused his efforts entirely on road racing, after several years showing his quality in cyclo-cross, a discipline he excelled as a junior. In his under-23 stage, though, he started losing the feel and love for CX, even thinking about an early stop with cycling altogether. He was then called up by Lotto-Soudal U23 in 2019, an excellent launchpad for this powerhouse’s career -more than 1.90m tall- before heading into the WorldTour with the Movistar Team.

 He stays for most of the year in the Belgian coastline, training near cities well known to cycling fans, such as Middelkerke, De Panne or Dunkerque. His partner, Charlotte, is actually a daughter and granddaughter of riders: her father, Ivan Messelis, was a fine CX specialist, and her grandfather, André, even won the E3 Harelbeke in the 1960s.

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Results
2020

13 Days of Racing
2054.6 Km covered

22th (6th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
27th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
34th Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
39th (3rd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
40th (4th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
63th (7th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
66th (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
67th (4th stage) Tour de la Provence
74th Vuelta a San Juan
102th (1st stage) Tour de la Provence
111th (2nd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
118th Tour de la Provence
120th (2nd stage) Tour de la Provence
134th (3rd stage) Tour de la Provence
149th (1st stage) Vuelta a San Juan