Yesterday’s Paris Tours U23 featured our last international race of the year, with just the U23 Belgian Road Race championships remaining to our 2020 calendar. The race was off to a an easy start, with a three-man breakaway quickly getting up the road and the main bunch managing the time gaps. But around 30 kilometers into the day, a big crash happened in the middle of the bunch, taking down Jordi Meeus, Daan Hoole and Milan Paulus. Sadly the latest, was not able to continue and was driven to a nearby hospital, which confirmed a broken collarbone. Hoole and Meeus could make it safely to the main group. 

In the following part of the race, the speed was picked up with the aim of getting closer to the leader. Great teamwork from the Academy talents put Jordi Meeus in a good situation coming into the closing end of the day, but one of the members of the leading group managed to stay away and took the day’s win. Our Belgian sprinter, was the fastest of the chasing group and had to settle for second in the 2020 edition of Paris Tours U23. 

Jordi Meeus looks back to his second place in Paris Tours U23
“The start was quite easy as a break went and everybody was okay with that. There was a crash in which I was involved, but without anything serious, however Milan was in the same crash and broke his collarbone. From than on it was a bit nervous in the bunch for the potential echelons. Eventually the wind wasn’t strong enough and we went all together to the climbs and gravel sections. We had some mechanical problems with the whole team but we managed to get back to the front and stay up there in the first group. Maikel and Daan did superb work again to put me in perfect position for the sprint. It’s really a shame that one guy stays in front. I really wanted to win for the team and my teammates!”