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Trofeo Calvia

Intermarché-Wanty starts its European season

Team Intermarché-Wanty arrived on Majorca island after a second winter training camp on the Costa Blanca to start its European season this week in the Mallorca Challenge (1.1, 24-28/01), composed of five one day races.

After a successful start of the group in Australia with two podiums in the Tour Down Under, a delegation of eleven riders directed by Aike Visbeek and Dimitri Claeys will participate in the Challenge that brought the World Team great satisfaction last year with three victories and two other podiums. 

From the start on Wednesday 24th of January, the Trofeo Calvia will be very challenging with its nearly 3000 climbing meters, which is the highest amount of all week. The next day, the Trofeo Felanitx is the longest race of the week with its 180 kilometer divided by two laps, from which the final 10 kilometer are slightly uphill.

On Friday 26th of January, the difficult Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana covers the Coll de Sóller (7.4 km at 4.4%) and the Puig Major (14.2 km at 6%) ​​in the final 50 kilometer. On Saturday, the Trofeo Port d’Andratx follows the hilly coast at the north west of the island. The Challenge is traditionally concluded by an opportunity for sprinters in the Trofeo Palma on Sunday.

On Wednesday in the Trofeo Calvia, Belgian riders Vito Braet and Gijs Van Hoecke will make their first appearance in the colours of Intermarché-Wanty, Francesco Busatto makes his debut as neopro whereas Aklilu Arefayne will be the first rider of Wanty-ReUz-Technord to race with the World Team in 2024. Dries De Pooter, Rune Herregodts and Hugo Page will race alongside them, Adrien Petit, Baptiste Planckaert, Laurenz Rex and Gerben Thijssen start their season one day later.

“In parallel with our good season start in the Tour Down under, our second training camp in Alicante also went well. We benefited from perfect conditions to train well every day. Our riders are on schedule for their preparation. In test they have broken their personal bests for this period of the year, which means that our group in general made progression. On the downside, the absence of Kobe Goossens and Taco van der Hoorn because of their long term injuries.” “We travelled to Mallorca with eleven riders, among which several young talents who receive the opportunity to show themselves whilst our major elements for the classics continue their build up towards March. For the two opportunities for sprinters, we focus on the remodelled sprint train around Gerben Thijssen. I can’t wait for his first race alongside his new lead out Adrien Petit, who can rely on the support of Hugo Page and Laurenz Rex this week.”


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