The Belgian talents of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty were fully involved in the successful start of the season for the World Team. After the first two pro wins for Kobe Goossens on Mallorca, his youngest compatriots followed his example, both working for their leaders and achieving results themselves.
In the difficult Figueira Champions Classic, Rune Herregodts was rewarded for his aggressive racing style with second place. With Dries De Pooter and Goossens, he then rode alongside Rui Costa in the Tour of Algarve, achieving a top ten on the top of Alto da Fóia and in de closing time trial himself.
With the support of Tom Paquot, Arne Marit took 4th place in his first sprint with the team in the opening stage of the Tour of Oman. The two men then worked for Rein Taaramäe, who finished just outside the podium.
Laurenz Rex also showed himself in the Tour of Andalusia, working for Lorenzo Rota with Laurens Huys and in a long breakaway, which he concluded in 5th place on the steep ramps towards Alcalá de los Gazules.
Our young Belgian riders will be reunited this week, in the approach to the cobble classics opening weekend: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Saturday) and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (Sunday). All participated in several course recons sinds November 2022 under the supervision of Talent Coach Dimitri Claeys. Dries De Pooter and Rune Herregodts will make their debut in the opening weekend, with Arne Marit and Laurenz Rex participating for the second time. Last named even took 18th place of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne last season.