Meeusen with game face on at Laarne. © Kurt van Hout

Meeusen with game face on at Laarne (file photo). © Kurt van Hout

EEKLO, BELGIUM – Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) took the win at G.P. Stad Eeklo, a day after winning at Superprestige Middelkerke, moving into third place in the overall classification of that series.

A group of three soon formed at the front of the race including Meeusen, Michael Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus), and Tim Merleir (Sunweb-Napoleon Games), but the pace proved too high for Merleir who subsequently dropped back to finish 10th.

Neither of the leaders could shake the other and it came down to a sprint finish with Meeusen proving the stronger of the two. Telenet-Fidea teammate Wout Van Aert , the 2014 U23 Cyclocross World Champion recently turned elite racer, took third ahead of Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink).

Toon Aert (Telenet-Fidea) finished out the top five. American Jonathan Page finished in 20th.

2014 G.P. Stad Eeklo Elite Men's Results

Rank
Name
Nat.
Result
1Tom MEEUSENBEL1:03:29
2Michael VANTHOURENHOUTBEL1:03:35
3Wout VAN AERTBEL1:03:43
4Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL1:03:52
5Toon AERTSBEL1:03:59
6Sven NYSBEL1:04:09
7Jens ADAMSBEL1:04:13
8Jim AERNOUTSBEL1:04:29
9Laurens SWEECKBEL1:04:40
10Tim MERLIERBEL1:04:49
11Julien TARAMARCAZSUI1:04:53
12Marcel MEISENGER1:05:20
13Quinten HERMANSBEL1:05:26
14Jens VANDEKINDERENBEL1:05:33
15Gianni VERMEERSCHBEL1:05:36
16Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL1:06:17
17Vincent BAESTAENSBEL1:07:12
18Mariusz GILPOL1:07:25
19Jonas DEGROOTEBEL1:07:42
20Jonathan PAGEUSA1:08:03
21Nicolas CLEPPEBEL
22Antonin MARECAILLEFRA
23Kevin CANTBEL
24Martin BINACZE
25Stef CLAEYSBEL
26Tim DE SCHUYTERBEL
27Camille DUBOISFRA
28Nick BOTHAUS
29Teemu VIHOLAINENFIN