Today we went back to Gooikse Pijl, a race that back in 2018 marked an important milestone in the history of the Academy. After a day-long breakaway, our Jordi Meeus outsprinted his companions and delivered the first-ever UCI 1.1 victory to the Academy.
Our riders were motivated to repeat last year’s success and Tiago Antunes and Ide Schelling making into an initial breakaway of 15 riders was a hint of that. The peloton brought that move back in a very fast first hour of racing in which the race covered almost 50 km. Once the eventual breakaway of the day went up the road featuring four riders, our talents sat back in a safe position saving energy for the final. Coming into the crucial part of the day many counter-attacks took place and Adam Hartley represented the Academy flag there. Our Ide Schelling took over the front of the bunch and driving it closer to the break in the final 10 km and then our Jordi Meeus took over and led Kaden Groves and Alberto Dainese out to the front coming into the final kilometer.
In the final rush to the line, our Alberto Dainese sprinted to second in a field filled by WorldTour and ProContinental sprinters, which confirms that his preparation for the upcoming U23 World Championships Road Race is right on track.
We will be back after all the racing action in Yorkshire as we will start in Ronde van Midden Brabant on the 29th of September.