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The incredible season of Circus-ReUz-Technord

Launched in January 2023, team Circus-ReUz-Technord concluded an exceptional first road season with more than twenty victories with nine different riders, among which ten UCI wins.

Directed by Kévin Van Melsen, the Continental Development team of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty won prestigious races such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23, the opening stage of the Giro Ciclistico Valle d’Aosta, the white young rider’s jersey in the Giro Next Gen or the overall classification of the U23 Road Series. The team also conquered three national titles with Francesco Busatto (Italy), Alexy Faure-Prost (France) and Aklilu Arefayne (Eritrea, time trial).

In total, fifteen riders of the squad received the opportunity to race in the jersey of the World Team this season. As a reward for the hard work of the staff of the Walloon structure, seven riders of Circus-ReUz-Technord signed their first professional contract this year to step up to the next level the coming seasons. Among them, three will represent Intermarché-Circus-Wanty : Francesco Busatto, Roel van Sintmaartensdijk and Alexy Faure.

The four other future pro riders will race on the Pro Continental level in 2024. Jasper Dejaegher and Dylan Vandenstorme join Team Flanders-Baloise, Jelle Vermoote will ride for Walloon team Bingoal-WB and Axel Huens will be part of TDT-Unibet.

"This season, there was a perfect balance in the team in terms of qualities, with profiles of punchers, climbers, sprinters and baroudeurs. So no matter the terrain, we always lined up for a race with chances on obtaining a top result. We went through fire for each other and liked to see each other win. There was no rivalry, but a continuous solidarity. That was probably our key to success and what enabled me to complete an exceptional last season in the U23 category with seven victories and the overall classification in the U23 Road Series. Signing a professional contract is what I'm dreaming of since I started cycling at the age of eight. It still feels a bit unreel that it will come true. I'm grateful for the help of Kevin Van Melsen, my teammates and the whole structure to make this dream come true."

"I still remember where I was on the physical level one year ago. Comparing to today, the difference is huge. This progression is mainly a result of my work with our trainer Christophe Prémont. The structure of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty also gave me the possibility to make progression in other fields such as nutrition or equipment. The professional approach lifted the level of all of us, explaining our success from the start of the season. We immediately gained respect in the peloton, which enabled us to race in the front for the rest of the season. I was one of the riders who absolutely wanted to show themselves to sign a professional contract. But this attitude didn't disunite our group, we always stayed focused on our collective goals. Because we knew the message of Kevin Van Melsen, his vision was to offer everyone the opportunity to show himself. It was in this way that I managed to surpass myself the whole season with a long series of top five results in UCI races. I gained experience in a leader's role, but I'm also grateful for the opportunities to race with the World Team. I learned how to race in support for a leader, it was a perfect transition to the professional world. Last week, the whole structure was reunited to celebrate our season. For me it only felt like 'see you soon', because I know that the team will continue following my adventures on the Pro Continental level."

"I'm very grateful for the opportunities I was given by the structure Intermarché-Circus-Wanty. This season with Circus-ReUz-Technord enabled me to join the professional world and to fulfil a childhood dream. I received a nice competition programme and the chance to regularly gain experience with the World Team. The winter preparation, often alongside the pro riders of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, made a reel difference to enable us to make a rapid progression. Spending a lot of time together fostered a good atmosphere, that's why our cohesion was so strong. From our first race, which we won, we showed unity, sacrificing for each other. We showed the rest of the peloton that Circus-ReUz-Technord was a team to reckon with. We pushed each other to bring out the best in each other. That's how seven of us managed to sign a pro contract."

"I really felt the devotion of the whole structure to succeed its mission of opening doors to the professional world for us. We benefited from a very structured environment to foster our performances. I'm thinking of the clear internal communication, the close follow-up all year long, the importance attached to team spirit and collective goals, not to forget our high quality equipment, exactly the same as the World Team. All these factors enabled the whole team to make a step forward and in case of half of the U23 riders, to sign a contract with a professional team."

"We launched the project of Circus-ReUz-Technord with the aim of creating a talent pool for our World Team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty. To make this happen, we wanted to offer all riders opportunities. Now we can evaluate our first road season, we can affirm with proudness that we achieved our goals. Nine different winners, that's a fantastic compliment for our staff. We invested in riders without record achievements, but with potential and an aggressive race style. We wanted to help them to make a step forward. One aspect of our strategy was to offer them the opportunity to race with the World Team. We noticed the results, the whole team made progression. Seven riders signed a professional contract, we can be proud. We are probably the only Continental Development team to achieve this, especially during the team's first year of existence! Our future pro riders are happy, because they will fulfil a dream thanks to our development programme. Three of them will represent Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, but we will continue following the progression of the four others to the Pro Continental level."

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