After joining the Academy halfway 2017 as a trainee, Jordi Meeus has been improving as a bike rider year in year out. The 21-year old Belgian completed yet another solid in which he took 12 Top 10 and was highlighted by his win in GP Tombroek. “I look back to a good 2019. I learned a lot and became a more complete rider. Everyone involved with the team works really hard to get the Academy to a higher level, and that allow us (the riders) to develop more and more. I wanted to get a bit more results maybe, but I feel I became a lot stronger and soon or late results will follow. I really enjoyed working for the team, especially for my good friend Alberto, I was his last man in his leadout. I really liked to do that and even more when he finished it off, like he usually did” points out Meeus
Our Belgian rider came really close to the overall win of the first edition of the U23 Road Series, which showcase his know-how when it comes to hard one-day races. Racing in tough conditions has been something that Meeus excels and keeps on showing it off. “My 3rd place in the off-road race in Norway was one of my favorite moments of the season. It was an epic race with rain, that made it really hard because of the off-road sections were muddy and slippery. In the end, there was only a group of 15 riders in front. Two guys attacked the last 2 k and I could win the sprint for 3th. At that moment I was a bit disappointed but now I look back satisfied. However, I still have in mind Roubaix, where an early-crash took a lot of energy out and I could not contest the final. That’s something that keeps me motivated for 2020”.
Talking about his goals and ambitions for the coming season, the talented Belgian sprinter will be seeking to make yet another step in his development as a cyclist and be able to fight for the win regularly. “There’s no getting around, my goal will be to win races and I know that I am capable of doing so. 2020 will be my last year as U23 and I want to finish off my time in the category in style”.