Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert strengthen its team for the classics for the coming season with two assets of experience, with several top 10 finishes in Monuments. Belgian Dimitri Claeys and French Adrien Petit respectively signed for one and two seasons with the Belgian team directed by Jean-François Bourlart.
Dimitri Claeys is a familiar face within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert as he was part of the structure in 2016. That year, the 34 year-old from Ghent impressed on the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders by taking 9th place. Later during the season he won an Ardennes stage in the Tour de Wallonie and the GP Jef Scherens. The powerful flandrien added the GC of the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque (2018) and the Famenne Ardenne Classic (2019) to his name, before improving his personal best in the Tour of Flanders (6th in 2020). The double Belgian U23 champion also distinguished himself in the Tour de France and La Vuelta and aspires to continue animating the finals of the main spring classics with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert.
At the age of 31, Adrien Petit is joining a foreign team for the first time in his career. The powerful rider showcases an impressive list of performances in demanding classics, for example his victory in the Tro-Bro Leon (2014), his 6th place in Ghent-Wevelgem (2019) and two top 10 finishes in Paris-Roubaix (10th in 2016 and 9th in 2017). The rider from the north of France also carries fast legs, that earned him victories on the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque, the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, the GP de la Somme and Paris-Troyes, as well as the prologue of the Tour of Luxembourg. The rider born in Arras is also known as a loyal team player, contributing to the victories of Nacer Bouhanni or Bryan Coquard. It is in this way that he brilliantly entered in the pro peloton, becoming vice World Champion U23 behind Arnaud Démare, which he lead-out (2011).