It was a hectic weekend for the Academy as we entered into the weekend with a doubleheader, Heistse Pijl and Antwerp Port Epic, while Daan Hoole was racing with the Dutch U23 National squad in Poland for the Orlen Nations Grand Prix. Yesterday’s race in Antwerp was a tough one for the Academy. Despite a good start and the riders riding well in the main bunch, a succession of crashes left us with just two riders on the bike for the final end of the race.
Milan Paulus, Harrison Wood and Sven Burger were affected by crashes along with the race, which forced them to abandon as a safety measure. More details on their condition will be revealed throughout the week. Wessel Krul and Jordi Meeus kept riding in a safe position at all times, with the eventual help of Stan van Tricht, who despite his knee injury recovery he proved to be of valuable help to his teammates. With 50 km to go, it was a group of five riders the one that was up the road, and three of them eventually played for the win. Our Jordi Meeus crossed the line in fifth place overall of taking second in the reduced bunch sprint of the chasing group.
Meanwhile, in Poland, Daan Hoole wrapped up his participation in the two-day Orlean Nations GP with a solid third place in the general classification. The Dutch U23 squad was the strongest in the opening TTT in which Hoole became the first leader of the race and they kept the momentum in the second and last stage as they also took the stage win in the sprint. Because of the placements of both stages, Daan took the lower step of the podium.
Dries Hollanders, looks back to Antwerp Port Classic:
“Fifth in a 1.1 race like this, it’s a very strong result by Jordi and something that as a team we can be proud of. Overall, it wasn’t our best day as we were involved in a lot of crashes, which reduced our chances and numbers of going for a strong finish as a team. However this is part of the sport, and now it’s time to recover and see the real reach of those injuries. Overall, we can look back to a solid weekend of racing and we could see some really strong performances of some of the riders, which is promising towards the future”.