Today’s opening stage at Olympia’s Tour featured a total of nine laps around a 14 km long parcour, which finished all the way up the infamous Col du VAM that even though that is 500m in length it has points where the slopes hits 24%.
The race was off to a pretty fast start and several attacks took place in the first part of the stage. Different groups made it up the road, with Jordi Meeus representing our flag in one of them, but it was eventually a duo of riders the one that stuck. In the second-to-last ascension to the Col du VAM a the bunch broke into pieces and rider went clear up front. Jordi Meeus and trainee Stan van Tricht were always well-positioned in the chasing group, and the last rider was brought back with 3 km to go.
In the cobbled and hilly final climb our Belgian sprinter gave it all and crossed the line in third place while our trainee took fifth in the day, just four seconds down on the stage winner. In the overall classification, both riders sit in the same position as the finished today.