Strong Qhubeka NextHash show at Eurometropole ends with 9th place

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won the Eurometropole Tour, from a reduced group sprint. Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) was 2nd and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) 3rd.

The 80th edition of the Eurometropole Tour took place today, with the finish of the 177km Belgian semi-classic being in Tournai. It was an exciting race, animated by a 30-rider group that went clear in the final 50km of racing.

This split was forced by our very own Team Qhubeka NextHash, as Michael Gogl and Dimitri Claeys split the peloton after the climb on the local circuit around Tournai. The gap back to the peloton hovered between 25″ and 45″ seconds until on the last of 5 local laps, the main contenders caught the lead group with just 4km to go.

It was still a reduced group charging to the line and Qhubeka NextHash was in a favorable position, having four riders in the front selection. Claeys, Gogl and Simon Clarke would all work to position Reinardt Janse van Rensburg for the final sprint.

The South African, up against some stiff competition, wasn’t able to match the likes of Jakobsen and Meeus, but still held on for a top 10 placing by crossing the line in 9th place.