Trainee Jordi Meeus takes fourth in Amersfoort Groeistad Klassieker
Today’s Amersfoort Groeistad Klassieker was the first round of our action packed weekend of one-day races in the Netherlands. A 180 kilometers long route awaited the riders, in a day that rain was part of the mix too.

The race was off to a fast start as many riders were trying to broke clear and go away from the bunch. In that first part of the race our riders kept our colors well represented and were always involved in the echelons and breakaway attempts. The main break went away after 70 kilometers of racing, as a group of 11 riders was allowed up to a minute by the bunch, with our Cees Bol in it. Once the main packed hit the last 25 kilometers of the race a big group of riders jumped to the front group, including our Henrik Evensen and trainee Jordi Meeus. There was some lack of collaboration in that group and our guys decided to play it tactical. As Jordi was waiting for the final sprint, Henrik and Cees Bol chased the attacks and closed the gaps, with our strong Norwegian rider going a away from the bunch alongside last year’s winner of the race, but at the end he was caught by the bunch. Two riders stayed ahead of the pack and played the victory among them, and in the group behind Jordi Meeus took second in the bunch sprint, after a good lead-out by Henrik Evensen, and added up for fourth overall.

Cees Bol made today another step in his recovery process today as he keeps improving his condition as a cyclist:

“Before the race I wasn’t really confident because this week I have had a couple of bad days with headaches again and also the race on Monday wasn’t good. But already in the beginning of the race I felt good so I just went with a lot of attacks and I was really happy to race again how I like it the most, aggressive. In the final the tank was a bit too empty to try my own sprint or attack myself but like I said I did my work for the boys by covering the smaller attacks that weren’t really dangerous, and all in all I enjoyed today a lot. I’m not fully there yet condition wise and also with my head I still have bad days, but this was a really good day for me.”

Our DS at the race, Harm Bronkhorst, highlights the importance of past knowledge in this race: 

“The Groeistad has every year a bit the same progression. So we made a plan on that knowledge. Go with the break and saving energy for the final. The guys did a good job in the race, in every break there were riders of the Academy. In the break of the day (11 riders) Cees was present. In the last 25 km there another group of about 11 riders came over, with Jordi en Henrik. In the final Henrik tried but got back, and some attacks followed within the last kilometer, and in the final sprint Jordi was able to take fourth in the day.”