CONTINUES TO IMPRESS. 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 races. Johan Jacobs has undoubtedly been one of the Movistar Team’s best news over the past two years. His will to make everything that it takes to serve the team’s purpose has led this strong Swiss rouleur -3rd at the 2021 RR Nationals- to earning a place in one of the most competitive lineups from the Telefónica-backed squad over the season: the 2021 La Vuelta roster. He went on to cover nine stages of the Spanish grandtour, before a hard crash -where he sustained fractures to his rib and scapula, plus a pneumothorax- took him out of the race. His courage and quality will not go unnoticed in the future, though!
CAME FROM THE MUD. 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.
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.
Berg am Irchel, Zürich
Years in team:
2020-21: Movistar Team 2018: Pauwels Sauzen 2016: Marlux – Napoleon