Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux welcomes Italian rider Francesco Busatto and the Belgian riders Sacha Prestianni, Dylan Vandenstorme and Obie Vidts in its new Continental Development team under the direction of Kévin Van Melsen in January. These newcomers are added to the previously announced names of Arne Baers, Alessio Delle Vedove, Victor Hannes, Tim Rex, Nathan Smith et Jelle Vermoote.
Francesco Busatto (19 year old) achieved several prestigious podiums in Italian races this season. The second of the Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo recently finished second on top of the Monte Zoncolan in the Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and also took two podium spots in stages of the Giro d’Italia U23. Busatto is currently in Australia with the national team for the World Championships, two months after his seventeenth place at the European Championships in Anadia.
Sacha Prestianni (18 year old) is the recent winner of the climbing race Herbeumont in the junior category, a couple of days after top five finishes in the GP Général Patton and the GP Luxembourg. The rider from Huy appreciates hilly races, which he has shown in the junior versions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Juniors (6th) and the Triptyque Ardennais (8th in GC).
Dylan Vandenstorme (20 year old) also won the climbing race in Herbeumont in July, but in the U23 category. He just finished second in the final classification of the Road Series, only two points behind the overall winner, thanks to a second place in the GP Color Code Bassenge, a fourth place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad U23 and a sixth place at the GP de Honnelles, among others.
Obie Vidts (20 year old) showed himself in the professional peloton this year with a fifteenth place in the difficult Circuit de Wallonie, which was won by Andrea Pasqualon. He achieved several good results in well know U23 races such as the Flèche Ardennaise (9th) and the Strade Bianche (11th).