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AG Insurance – Soudal was represented by six riders at the Belgian National Championships on Sunday. Febe Jooris took gold in the U23 category, while Justine Ghekiere battled for silver.

The race took place in Sint-Lievens-Houtem with a finish in Zottegem, covering a length of 123 kilometers. Justine rode strongly throughout the race and launched an attack, chasing Lotte Kopecky, who crossed the finish line first, successfully defending her title.

Sports director Jolien D’hoore said: “The whole team rode very strongly today. The level was very high, and we fought all day. Febe took gold in the U23 category, and Justine secured a bronze medal with a golden edge. I end this day satisfied.”

Justine Ghekiere: “I was really exhausted; it was a tough race. I think I can be satisfied. My goal was to cross the finish line and be able to say to myself that I did everything to achieve the highest possible place, and I think I did that. When Lotte went, I tried to follow, but it was an impossible task. Then I settled into my own pace. I hoped for second place at the end, but I knew it would be difficult in the sprint against Sanne because she is more explosive than I am. Ultimately, I am satisfied with my podium finish; I think it was the best I could achieve.”

A satisfied Febe Jooris said afterwards: “The group was formed around kilometer 27, and we quickly got along well. We started rotating, and I was actually the only U23 rider in the group. It is always exciting, but for me, it was more a matter of following and rotating. It was also a tough race. At the end, I had to let go, but fortunately, I was good enough to take the title. I am very happy with my race.”

Meanwhile, Saturday and Sunday, Kim Le Court won gold twice at the Maritius championshups,winnnig both the time trial and the road race. Kim a time of 24'18 over a distance of 14.6 kilometers in the TT and won a road race that covered a distance of 80 kilometers.

“I'm really happy to be representing my little island on the world tour stage. Having my country's flag on my shoulders in both the time trial and the road race is a truly proud feeling for me. I hope to make my country proud.

The weather was ‘horrible’, so much for coming back to 'sunny' Mauritius. I got absolutely drenched in pouring rain during both the TT and the road race! But I absolutely loved being back, even if it was for a short while”, added a proud Kim Le Court.

Today, the Dutch National Championships were also held in Arnhem, on a 155 kilometer course, with Leonie Bentveld being the first of the team to cross the finish line, securing a thirteenth place.