Victory number 30 for BORA – hansgrohe: Jordi Meeus takes Paris-Bourges
After a breakaway of five riders was in front for the first part of the race, the bunch already reeled them back in with about 40km remaining. From there on several riders tried to attack and the main field had to dig deep to keep the situation under control. In the finale, when it became clear that a sprint had to decide the race, BORA – hansgrohe delivered Jordi Meeus in a perfect position at the right moment. The Belgium rider launched his sprint from A. Demare’s wheel with 150m to go to take a superior win.
01 J. Meeus 4:20:58
02 A. Demare + 0:00
03 N. Bonifazio + 0:00
From the Finish Line
"It was a fast race, especially in the finale with all the attacks. We fully focused on the sprint today and in the end, we have been in position when it mattered. I was on Demare’s wheel in the last corner and on the home straight all was stretched out, so it was an organized sprint. I had a free wheel with 150m to go and launched my sprint in the right moment. This is a great victory for the whole team, and we will enjoy this evening together." – Jordi Meeus
"Our plan was to go all in for the sprint. We only covered big groups in the beginning and fully focused on the finale. I know the last kilometers quite well, as I was also here when Sam Bennett took some wins a few years ago, so we had a clear plan when Jordi had to be where. We didn’t have a real lead-out in the end, but Bodi and Patrick delivered him perfectly before the narrow part. From there on it was up to Jordi. He did a perfect sprint from a perfect position and after some podiums he really deserves this one." – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director