On the 1st of January 2023, the structure of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will welcome a new Continental Development Team, composed of sixteen young talents under the direction of Kévin Van Melsen.
Next to cyclocross specialists Arne Baers (20, Belgium) and Nathan Smith, (18, Great Britain), four other names are added to the roster: Alessio Delle Vedove (18, Italy), Victor Hannes (18, Belgium), Tim Rex (18, Belgium) and Jelle Vermoote (21, Belgium).
Alessio Delle Vedove, a fast rider schooled on the track, became junior team pursuit World Champion with the Squadra Azzura last week, with a time of only six hundreds above the world record and one month after their European title. On the road he won seven races on Italian soil this season and on international level he finished in the top ten of stages in the Course de la Paix and the Watersley Challenge.
Victor Hannes was the winner of the junior Liège-Bastogne-Liège in May. He achieved several good results in hilly races this season, thanks to a strong sprint at the end of difficult races. He became fourth in the GC of Gipuzkoa Klasikoa and in the final stage of the Tour du Pays de Vaud and finished second in two stages of the Vuelta Junior a la Ribera del Duero.
Tim Rex is a fixed value in the national mountainbike selection. He was Belgian champion in this discipline in the junior category last year. This winter, he will swap bikes and make the switch to road cycling with the Walloon team. Just like his future teammates Alessio Delle Vedove and Victor Hannes, Tim Rex will stay with the team for at least two seasons.
Jelle Vermoote, who recently finished fourth in the U23 Belgian championships, obtained several podiums in prestigious races in his category such as the Mémorial Van Coningsloo (2nd), Romsée-Stavelot-Romsée (2nd), the final stage of the Tryptique Ardennais (2nd) or the Ronde van Limburg (3rd). He also has solid references in cyclocross, among which a fourth place at the Junior European championships. Just like Arne Baers and Nathan Smith, he will combine his road campaign with a cyclocross winter. The second year U23 rider signed a contract of one season.