Today we went back to the start line of Wanzele Koerse, a race that brings us happy memories as in 2018 our Cees Bol seized there our first win of that season, and in 2019 Jordi Meeus was close to make it back-to-back wins as he finished second in the day. The Kermesse presented a totally flat 10,3 km long fast parcour that the riders had to tackle a total of 16 times. The day was off to a fast start, but our riders were committed to entering into the early break. Stan van Tricht was part of an initial attack, but they were quickly brought back by the bunch.
Shortly after, the eventual breakaway of the day went clear, and Marco Frigo represented our flag upfront. The current U23 Italian Champion and five other riders were in the head of the race for some kilometers, but halfway into the race the a group of 15 riders, including Jesper Rasch and Jordi Meeus, broke clear and joined Frigo in the front. The leading group was up to 22 riders, and the good understanding of all the members allowed the gap to quickly go up to one minute and a half.
Once it was clear that it was the winning move, some riders tried to avoid a reduced-sprint but all the moves were chased down. Eventually, Jordi Meeus proved himself as the strongest rider in the group and with one and a half kilometers to the line he left everyone behind and held the gap all the way to the line. In the group behind, Jesper Rasch who protected the team interests and helped to secure the win, sprinted to third in the day showing that he was one of the fastests in the field.
Today’s account for Jordi Meeus first victory of the season, and our third team win in this young 2020 season.
Aike Visbeek, Academy Director and DS for the race:
“After yesterday’s 200 km race (Le Samyn), we went into today with an open mind, we wanted to ride together and focus on the breakaways. We achieved that with Marco (Frigo) being part of the early break and later being joined by Jesper (Rasch) and Jordi (Meeus), who were part of a group that counter-attacked. In the final lap Jordi showed that he had a little extra in the legs and went on to win solo, which after his performances in Ster van Zwolle (4th) and GP Samyn (17th) it’s a nice reward for him, and Jesper showed that he is also in the right track with his third place. It was a really solid team performance, and we can only we proud to see that at this point of the season three different riders of the Academy have won already a race”.