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Kevin Colleoni reinforces the climbers group of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty

Team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty reinforces its group of climbers with the arrival of Kevin Colleoni (23 years old) for the next two seasons. One of the most talented Italian climbers of his generation joins the structure of Jean-François Bourlart after three seasons in the World Tour with Team Jayco-AlUla.

At the age of 18 he started racing at Continental level with team Biesse under the sportive direction of Marco Milesi, who also contributed to the development of Lorenzo Rota and Simone Petilli. He made a breakthrough in 2020 in the U23 category, with for example a third place in the Giro Next Gen in the role of main competitor of Tom Pidcock for the overall victory and in all uphill finishes.

Colleoni, who was born in Ponte San Pietro in Lombardia, stepped up to the World Tour at the age of 21. In 2021, the neopro played a precious role in the success of his leaders Simon Yates and Damien Howson, winners of the Tour of the Alps and the Tour of Hungary respectively. At the same time he also achieved personal results: ninth in the Tour of Hungary, eleventh in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and eleventh in the Tour of Turkey.

In 2022, this time in the leader role, he was one of the main competitors of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in the one week stage races. With his fourth place on top of Jabal Al Akhdar, the queen stage won by Jan Hirt, he finished seventh in the Tour of Oman. In August he achieved his first podium as a professional rider with his third place in the final classification of the Sazka Tour, which was won by Lorenzo Rota.

Colleoni is a member of a cycling family. He is the son of multiple Italian champion and 1996 Olympic Games silver medallist Imelda Chiappa. He becomes the sixth Italian rider of the Walloon structure with Lorenzo Rota, Simone Petilli, Italian U23 champion Francesco Busatto, Alessio Delle Vedove and Italian junior champion Simone Gualdi.

“This new adventure with Intermarché-Circus-Wanty represents an important step in my career. I’m convinced that I’m joining an environment in which I’ll receive the opportunity to grow as a rider. For example, the sports direction supports my ambition to participate in a Grand Tour for the first time, which would be a major turning point for my development. I’m very eager to show what I’m capable of and to leave behind this long period of physical problems. My new team believes in my capabilities and it is my intention to thank them for this confidence by giving it my all and by achieving results when this is my mission. I’m pretty excited to discover my new environment in our teambuilding next week and to start training with my new teammates in our first training camp in December.”

“We attracted Kevin Colleoni in our team to fulfil two important roles. In the races of the World Tour calendar he will reinforce the climbers group around Louis Meintjes. Next, we would like to present him as our leader to achieve results in stage races of less than one week, like he did in the Sazka Tour, the Tour of Oman and Tour of Hungary. Kevin has great potential, which he has notably shown in his last season in the U23 category and his pro debut. He receives the opportunity to bounce back in the jersey of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty after one and a half year of being slowed down by physical issues. We’ll prosper the development of his talent as much as possible, that’s a nice challenge for us. A first participation in a Grand Tour could possibly be a significant step in the career of this young climber. Finally, we know that our Italian partners are pleased to welcome a new qualitative element in our contingent. Our history with this country and our experiences with Italian riders are filled with success.”


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