Hoole and Meeus rode into the Top 20 in Roubaix

Paris Roubaix it is always one of the main targets of our calendar, and this year was not an exception. With more than 25 km of cobbled sections ahead, the race was off to fast start with several riders trying to make it up the road, until it was eventually a group of two riders the ones who formed the breakaway of the day, with one rider in between them and the bunch trying to chase the move down.

Once the breakaway went off, our riders took the head of the peloton and controlled the time gaps, picking up the pace when it got close to four minutes. After that, it was not long until the peloton broke into pieces, and in the first big group of 20 riders, we could find our Daan Hoole in it, before Jordi Meeus jumped from the chasing one and joined the Dutchman in the front. Behind, our Thymen Arensman tried to make it across the and joined a 5-man group that tried to close the gap with the leaders.

Daan Hoole, who finished runner up in the 2017 Junior edition, showed his good when the front group split as he was in the 4-man chasing one. However, bad luck was on the side of the second year U23, as he crashed with four cobbled sections to go, requiring a bike change. Despite that, Hoole kept on fighting and just missed the Top 10, with teammate Jordi Meeus in 17th.