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Three young Belgian talents join Circus-ReUz-Technord

Circus-ReUz-Technord welcomes three new Belgian talents from season 2024, with the arrival of Wout Geerinckx (19 years old), William Graff (17 years old) and Victor Vercouillie (20 years old).

The Continental development team of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty reinforces the talent pool which has proven its strength from its first year of existence under the direction of Kévin Van Melsen, with at least four riders signing their first professional contract already.

Victor Vercouillie from Kortrijk has shown his power this season with several victories. The rider fo EFC-L&R – Van Mossel also distinguished himself with remarkable time trial qualities, winning the bronze medal at the Belgian U23 championship, the title of West-Flemish champion and the time trial in the Internationaal Beloften Weekend. His performances were rewarded with a trainee contract with Pro Continental team Bolton Equities Black Spoke for the end of season 2023.

Wout Geerinckx became champion of Antwerp in his first year in the U23 category and since then won two other races on hilly circuits. He made a step forward on all terrains during his second season in the category, showing himself in difficult races in the Ardennes with good results in the Tryptique Ardennais (8th) and the climbing races in Herbeumont (6th) and Romsée (15th).

William Graff from Eupen distinguished himself in internationally renowned junior races in both mountainbike and on the road. The winner of the GP Général Patton finished sixth of La Classique des Alpes and ended in the top twenty of the junior editions of the Tour of Flanders (15th) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (20th) in the spring. At the age of 17, he will make the step up to the U23 category with Circus-ReUz-Technord this winter, following the footsteps of his future teammate Tim Rex.

"It is an honour to receive the opportunity to join Circus-ReUz-Technord, in my eyes one of the best development teams in the international peloton. I was confronted with the team in my preferred races such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 or La Flèche Ardennaise this season and each time the team played a major role. After growing in regional clubs, this new chapter is a serious step forward. I'm really looking forward to discover a broad range of UCI races and to grow physically thanks to more stage races. To reach a new level, the team will support me in several domains. I'm thinking of nutrition, an aspect in which I still have to learn a lot. My future teammate Arne Baers has already shown how they work within Circus-ReUz-Technord, with an application connecting the riders and the sports dietitian. I'm vey grateful towards the structure of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty for offering me the possibility to get closer to my dream of becoming a professional cyclist."

"Circus-ReUz-Technord is realising an incredible first season, following the same dynamics of World Team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty. During our meetings, Kévin Van Melsen showed me how the team manages to continuously achieve these results. Each rider receives a specific role in each race. The team races proactively and in an aggressive way. That's what I like and I think it's the best way to learn. Kévin Van Melsen recently concluded an impressive professional career of 14 years. With no doubt he is in a perfect position to pass on his experience. All opinions on Circus-ReUz-Technord are unanimous, That's why I have chosen to join this project despite the interest of several other development teams. I will be reunited with Tim Rex, my former teammate in our mountainbike club, who also spoke positively about the team and the atmosphere. I had the opportunity to test the equipment and I already started working with my new trainer Christophe Prémont. Just like they did with Alexy Faure one year ago, they want to start the preparation for my transition to the U23 category early. I hope to make progression this winter and show nice performances. Several first year U23 riders have shown that it is possible. Joining Circus-ReUz-Technord is an important step on the road towards my ultimate dream; becoming a professional cyclist!"

"I've always considered my development step by step. Last winter for example, I invested a lot in the time trial discipline. It bore fruit as I finished in the top five of my nine time trials this season. Another goal for 2023 was to attract the attention of professional structures, in order to make a new step with a development team. I want to improve myself mentally and physically. The impressive progress of numerous riders of Circus-ReUz-Technord shows the quality of the support and coaching. I feel like all potential is exploited thanks to the equipment, the organisation, the follow-up, the confidence in one's capabilities and the way of racing. When Circus-ReUz-Technord appears at the start line, you know that they are there with a strategy to win the race. The team spirit is very strong, all riders have won races or achieved excellent results this season. The team is very respected in the U23 peloton. So I'm proud to join them in 2024!"

"For next season, we can rely on the same group of talents except for the ones who will make the step up to the pro peloton. To complete our group, we were looking for new talents to whom we wanted to offer the opportunity to develop themselves and reach a new level with our support. Wout Geerinckx, William Graff and Victor Vercouillie are three motivated Belgian riders with a big progression margin. We are convinced that we can make them progress with our professional support. They are serious and will be perfectly integrated in our group." "At the age of twenty, Victor Vercouillie is the most experimented rider of the trio. I count on him to guide our youngest elements in a captain role. He is capable of handling all sorts of courses and has excellent time trial qualities. It is our intention to select several stage races with time trials in order to offer him the opportunity to show himself. Wout Geerinckx is a pure puncher. He especially convinced me with his aggressive racing style in difficult races such as the Tryptique Ardennais." "Despite his limited experience on the road, William Graff already achieved promising results in the most prestigious junior races such as La Classique des Alpes, in which he had the capabilities of finishing on the podium. Just like we did with Tim Rex, William will make the transition from mountainbike to the U23 category on the road. I expect him to make a rapid progression in our climber group around Alexy Faure and I wouldn't be surprised to see him achieving results himself in the near future."


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