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Lilian Calmejane joins IWG

Frenchman Lilian Calmejane (29 year old), the double Grand Tour stage winner, will represent Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux during the next two seasons. He thus signed his first contract with a team abroad.

Lilian Calmejane made an interesting entry in the pro peloton by winning a stage from the breakaway in the Tour of Spain 2016 on the final climb towards San Andrés de Teixido. He repeated this stunt the next season in the Tour de France on the Station des Rousses, a couple of months after winning the polkadot jersey in Paris-Nice.

The allround rider with agressive racing style also won the Étoile de Bessèges, the Settimana internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Circuit de la Sarthe thanks to solo stage victories and French cup races such as the Drôme Classic (2018), Paris-Camembert (2018) and the Faun-Ardèche Classic (2019). 

« I'm very happy to join Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert! I was charmed by the confidence that the team kept on showing in my capabilities for a long time, I had to grab this opportunity with both hands. From our first meetings, there was a clear idea about which race programme would enable me to shine. The team observes the qualities of the riders and employs them to favor succes for each of them. I like this vision. My last victory is three years ago already. I've always had a winning mentality and I'm pleased with the team's support in my ambition to return on the top step of the podium. »  « What also motivâtes me, is the continuous progression of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. I remember well our battle for the title of best Pro Continental team a couple of years ago. Since then, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux confirmed its position in the World Tour, climbing to fifth place in the UCI world ranking this season. The dynamics are incredible and I'm convinced that it's just the beginning. I followed how the team continued increasing investment in terms of training, equipment, nutrition etc. to improve each detail. I will leave my comfort zone, just like Adrien Petit did by joining a foreign team for the first time. I can't wait for this challenge in a Belgian environment, where people breathe cycling. » 

« Lilian Calmejane built an impressive palmares thanks to his allround characteristics and race intelligence. His experience will undoubtedly be an added value for our team, I'm thinking of our extended race programme on French soil. He'll be an asset in the finals of difficult races and he has proven that he can perform with regularity all season long. He has chosen to join us aiming to make a step forward, in a new environment. He has a clear idea about which details can nurture this progression, for example in terms of equipment or nutrition. We also share the idea that he has a progression margin. We're looking forward to start our collaboration, which will hopefully lead to a success story! »


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