After yesterday’s success, where Jordi Meeus finished a really solid team performance and sprinted to the win of the first road stage of the Czech Cycling Tour, it was time for another opportunity as a reduced bunch sprint was previewed today. The race started off as normal, with several riders trying their luck to make it up the road, but the peloton had it all under control.
However, a group of five riders broke clear, including Maikel Zijlaard, and formed the breakaway of the day. The Dutchman represented our flag in that move that was allowed more than five minutes before the peloton picked up the pace and close down the gap. Alike yesterday’s finish, once the bunch entered the final local lap the race was in one piece.
Coming into the final meters, our talents worked perfectly to put Jordi Meeus in perfect position as a short ramp was approaching before the line. Jordi outsprinted all his rivals again, and took the stage win for second day in-a-row, which accounts for his third win of the year. Also, our talented Belgian sprinter is the leader of the points classification, and thanks to today’s time bonuses moves into to Top 10 overall.
Jordi Meeus, back-to-back stage winner at Czech Tour:
“I am very happy with being able to win again today. As yesterday, I want to give full credit to my teammates for the work they did and how the set me up perfectly again. It was a very different sprint than yesterday, but I was confident that I could do it all over again, and here we are today again. Also, the fact that as a team we are able to race the way that we do it against WorldTour and ProContinental teams, shows that we are on the right track”.