Jordi Meeus: “I am stronger and smarter than last year”
The 2018 season was already a solid year for our Belgian Jordi Meeus. The now 21-year old took an impressive win in 1.1’s Gooikse Pijl, which was the icing on the cake after performing strongly in the one-day classics all day long. Meeus rode into the 2019 season with the goal to get that extra step in the classics. “I can’t complain about the first half of the season. I started really good and got into podium really early on. I have some targets which I worked really hard towards, but luck was not on my side then but that is part of the sport and my learning curve. I am currently doing a training camp on my own to prepare for the second part of the season. A lot of 1.1 races are coming up so I want to show myself in those, especially in my national championship” highlights Meeus. 

The Belgian sprinter joined the Academy structure this time two years ago when he signing as a trainee in August 2017. Since then, the Performance Staff developed a personalized and precise plan to strengthen his abilities, which has been shown with runner-up placements in Wanzele Koerse and Ronde van Groningen, and third place in Tour de Normandie’s stage 3. “I feel I became a better rider compared to last year. Physically I became just stronger and I could feel that especially in the 1.1 races we did. Also, I became smarter and understood the race tactics better thanks to the help of our experienced Sports Directors”. 

Aside from being the trusted lead-out man of Alberto Dainese and setting him up to four wins in Academy colors this season, Meeus has shown some high consistency on his own and has powered him to the overall lead of the newly-born U23 Road Series, in which he won the GP Tombroek.  “I am happy to lead the U23 Road Series. This shows my regularity and I can handle the U23 level. I will do my best to defend the jersey and take it home!”