A 136 km long race with a broken profile featured today’s U23 European Road Race in Plouay. Our participation in this event started on Monday with Daan Hoole taking part in the U23 time trial race, and taking a 10th place in the day. The road race was previewed to be a fast and open one, with different plausible scenarios in which the race could unfold. At early stage, it was a group of 3 riders the one that formed the breakaway of the day, with the Norwegian national team taking control of the bunch at all times.
As the race hit the mid-way point, a split happened and 17 riders took off from the bunch, with Stan van Tricht (racing for Belgium) and Marco Frigo (racing for Italy) being part of it. However, coming into the last two laps, the peloton found itself chasing a 8-man leading group and with just 6 kilometers to go, it was just 10 seconds up the road. Despite the superiority in numbers, the main bunch could not catch up to all the breakaway members and four riders stayed up the road, swapping all the medal positions. The bunch crossed the line four seconds later, with Jordi Meeus being the third of that group which accounted for a final seventh position.
Marco Frigo, Stan van Tricht, Daan Hoole, Jordi Meeus and David Dekker will now travel to Italy as they will be part of our Giro d’Italia U23 lineup together with Harrison Wood.
Jordi Meeus, best-placed Academy rider in today’s race:
“I was the designated sprinter of the Belgian team for the day and my goal was just to save as much energy as possible to be there in the final sprint. It was a difficult course to save energy in, but my teammates did a really good job. At the end I was given a very good lead-out, but sadly the breakaway stayed away by just a few seconds. Seventh place is not what I came here for, but you can’t be disappointment with such a result at the U23 Europeans Road Race”.