Young riders Dries De Pooter and Madis Mihkels, who will join Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux as trainees this summer before turning pro, distinguished themselves in the beginning of 2022 in the colors of their respective teams Hagens Berman Axeon and Team Ampler – Tartu2024.
Belgian rider De Pooter (19) finished tenth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 in April. He also concluded the Circuit des Ardennes (12th) and the Tour de Bretagne (15th) in the top 15 and finished seven times in the top ten in both sprint and hilly races.
Estonian rider Mihkels (18), who took fourteenth place in Ghent-Wevelgem U23, finished nine times in the top ten, for example a second place in the Tour du Loir et Cher which he concluded in sixth place. The bronze medallist at the Junior World Championships In Leuven started his national tour this Thursday with a fifth place in the prologue through the streets of Talinn.
Photos Madis Mihkels: Morgane BEZANNIER