Today’s GP Albert Fauville featured the last round of the first edition of the U23 Road Series. The competition’s finale presented a potential thriller ending as the general classification was headed by our Jordi Meeus, but the first three riders were just distanced by 8 points. The first part of the race saw many attacks go off the front of the bunch, with our Sven Burger representing our flag, finally, it was a group of 9 riders the one that got away.

Our Marten Kooistra, who initially suffered a puncture but came back to the peloton was the Academy rider in that group, which had a maximum of one minute and ten seconds of a gap. The Dutchman tried his luck with 17 km to go, but the move was brought back before the race came back together with 5 km left, heading to a final bunch sprint. Our riders worked to move Jordi Meeus to an ideal position for the sprint, but in the final rush the Belgian rider found himself blocked and could not sprint properly, crossing the line in fourth place.

Sadly for the team and for Jordi Meeus, how today’s race unfolded put him in second position in the overall classification, missing the win by just one point. However, that does not hide that our Belgian rider was one of the strongest of the competition all along, and showed his talent week in week out, including a win in Round 3’s GP Tombroek.

We will be back in racing mode next weekend in UNO-X’s development weekend.