Second place for Jacobs in Paris-Roubaix U23
Just as last year, Lotto Soudal U23 performed very strong in the U23 edition of Paris-Roubaix, which resulted in a second-place finish for Johan Jacobs. He crossed the finish line thirty seconds behind British winner Thomas Pidcock. Johan Jacobs, Ward Vanhoof and Brent Van Moer were part of an eight-man breakaway that was formed with fifty kilometres to go. With three riders, the team had an advantage in numbers, but in the end, no-one was able to follow Pidcock on the cobbles. Jacobs was the last one to follow him, but he was also dropped with ten kilometres remaining. Behind them, Ward Vanhoof finished just outside of the podium places, in fourth. Brent Van Moer ended in sixth place, the same result as the previous edition. This was also the final race in the U23 category for Van Moer, as he turns pro at Lotto Soudal with immediate effect.
In the past week, we also saw a strong Lotto Soudal U23 team in Northern Spain, during the Vuelta a Navarra. Similar to the 2018 edition, the team won thefirst two stages. Arne Marit won the group sprint in the opening stage, while Maxim Van Gils was the strongest of a breakaway group on the second day. As a result, they both rode a day in the leader’s jersey. In the three remaining stages, Kobe Goossens and Laurens Huys managed to secure some top results, which awarded them a top ten result in the general classification. Goossens ended in a great second place, at 36 seconds from Cepeda. Huys finished sixth overall.
On Thursday, the team also competed in the Kersenronde Mierlo, the fourth race of the U23 Road Series. Florian Vermeersch just missed out on the victory, as he was beaten in the sprint by Kooistra. Vermeersch was part of a ten-man group, together with Ward Vanhoof, who also finished in a nice fifth place. One minute behind the group, Jarne Van de Paar won the bunch sprint. Lotto Soudal U23 strengthens its lead in the team classification, thanks to these great team results.