Today’s Kernen Omloop Echt-Susteren was a special day for our team as our strong Dutchman Peter Lenderink made his return to the racing scheme after undergoing surgery on his groin in April. The 191 km long parcour with start and finish in Echt was marked by a fast start and a succession of attacks, but it wasn’t until a 13-man group went up the road that the breakaway was finally set.
Omloop van der Braakman’s winner, Adriaan Janssen, made the front cut and kept the Academy’s colors well-represented upfront. The distance kept growing in the predominantly flat parcour, and the front group got ahead into the final local circuit. The ending part of the course was filled with attacks, counter-attacks and chasing, and at the 13-man group broke into pieces. Adriaan Janssen rounded up his great performance with a Top 10 finish, as he crossed the line in ninth place overall, 35 seconds down the eventual winner. Our stagiaire, Jordi Meeus, keeps on growing and today he made another step in his development as he got good around today’s race with a good performance.
Despite the good performance of our 5-rider line up, today’s highlight was Peter Lenderink’s return, that was even more special as he rode alongside Cees Bol (who returned to racing last weekend at GP Zottegem). Both Dutch riders trained together during their recovery process, including a training camp in Eiffel, with the goal to get back in racing shape.