Last weekend’s Paris Tours featured our last international race of the season, and for most of our riders that meant that the season was over and it was time to rest. However, for the Belgian riders, they have one more stop in the U23 Belgian Championships on Saturday before they can start thinking about 2021. Stan van Tricht and Jordi Meeus will sadly not have the support of Milan Paulus. The young Belgian rider, broke his collarbone in a crash during Paris Tours U23 and was forced to call it quits in the season and start his recovery process. 

The Academy DS for the race will be Dries Hollanders, who looks back to really solid performances of the Academy talents in the past weeks. “We can be really satisfied with our latest performances. The riders were all in a good shape and showed their capacities in the race, regardless of the results. Some rode hard in the front, others did some great teamwork in the bunch and that resulted in excellent results at the end, but that was not the end result”. 

Looking more specifically to the races, Hollanders feels that Paulus’ absence will be a sensitive one for the team, but it’s positive about the potential scenarios of the race. “I really was convinced that Milan was in excellent shape to ride a really strong Belgian Championship. So for him and the team, it’s really sad that he broke his collarbone in Paris-Tours. Starting with only 2 riders, we will have to undergo the race against some big blocks with around 15 riders at the start, so it will be very important for Stan and Jordi to help each other and be patient until the finish line. Like each year I expect an open race with a lot of attacks. It’s always a big question if the bigger blocks are satisfied with the composition of a breakaway or not, they have the key to success”.