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Brussel-Opwijk

The youngsters of Wanty-ReUz-Technord ready for the season

This Sunday 25th of February, Wanty-ReUz-Technord will participate in its first race of the 2024 season on the occasion of Brussels-Opwijk. One year ago, the youngsters directed by Kévin Van Melsen began the history of the team with a one-two finish in this first race of the U23 Road Series, Roel Van Sintmaartensdijk winning the bunch sprint ahead of Axel Huens.

The 162 kilometer race starts at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, with the course containing both cobble sections and short climbs. Most of the difficulties have to be covered on a loop around Asse, which has to be covered six times, before entering the three local laps around the finish in Opwijk. 

Four of the six selected riders already started the 2024 season with Intermarché-Wanty World Team, either in Oman or in Spain: Huub Artz, Alessio Delle Vedove, Zeno Moonen and Tim Rex. Dutchman Wouter Toussaint will make his debut for Wanty-ReUz-Technord, while Victor Hannes, last year’s best young rider in the U23 Road Series, completes the squad directed by Christophe Prémont.

"During our two winter training camps in Spain we could notice that the work we started a year and a half ago continues to bear fruit. In the shadow of the seven riders who turned pro in 2024, our youngest riders have all taken steps forward, thanks to an ongoing development programme covering a number of aspects: training, nutrition, tactics... This shows that we are on the right track, because our aim is to make our riders better and to exploit their full potential." "In the final straight of their preparation, our riders delivered high-quality training thanks to perfect conditions. From what we've seen during the training camp and the first races with the World Team, I'm convinced that the youngsters of Wanty-ReUz-Technord are ready to the season well. Our group possesses a lot of qualities and strengths, especially our climber's group is particularly competitive. We attached a lot of importance to keeping the cohesion within our group last winter, with a smooth integration of our newcomers. In that regard, we continue on the same path as last season. It was a decisive factor in our success last year, so I'm impatient to see how our riders will exploit it the next weeks, particularly in difficult race situations." "Usually Brussels-Opwijk is always a big battle. The predicted weather circumstances for this Sunday won't make it any easier. Our goal is to start the final with as many riders as possible, so we potentially could benefit of a numerical advantage. Our riders are all weaponed on a tactical level to make choices during the race, in function of their feeling and our strategy. I'm also looking forward to see the riders who yet have to start the season and how the chemistry with the new riders will work in the race."

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