The Belgian rider has inked a two-year deal with Bora Hansgrohe and will move up to the German WorldTour squad at the beginning of the 2021 season, where he will join with fellow Academy graduate Ide Schelling. Meeus will become the 28th rider of the Academy that gets moved up to the professional ranks in just six years. “I’m really happy to join such a strong team. Moving up to WorldTour level it’s every cyclist’s dream, and I am very proud to be in that situation after having worked for it for a long time” points out Meeus.
Meeus joined the Academy halfway 2017 as a trainee and in our tenure together he has achieved a total of five wins, four of them at UCI level, but most importantly, year after year and step by step he developed into one of the most dominant sprinters of the U23 category. “I look back on a super positive way on my time with the Academy. From the first moment, it felt like a comfortable environment and I knew it was the right place to develop myself as a rider as well as a person”.
At the Academy, Meeus was offered a tailor-made development plan and guidance that allowed him to develop his talent and keep on improving on and off the bike. The international racing calendar that he rode was, among others, the corner-stone to become a WorldTour material rider. “Basically my whole approach to cycling improved at the Academy. From approaching races to learning how to race as a team and be professional on and off the bike. I just became a complete rider who is ready for the next step and I want to thank everyone who is/was involved in this process within the team”.
Aike Visbeek, SEG Racing Academy Director:
“We knew that Jordi had the talent to eventually become a professional bike rider. He has the determination and the mindset of achieving great things in the future, and we expect to hear plenty of him in the coming years. During this season he has proved himself as one of the best sprinters in the category, showing that he’s capable not only to win by himself but also to play a crucial role in his teammates’ wins”.
Eelco Berkhout, SEG Cycling Director and UCI Registrated agent:
“After his results and his development within the SEG structure at the Academy, Jordi attracted the interest of several top-level teams, so it was a matter to analyze which would be the best fit for Jordi’s strengths and future potential. Bora-Hansgrohe will allow him to grow and to keep on developing as a sprinter and a classics specialist”.