Two new emerging talents will join Circus-ReUz-Technord in 2024, with Dutchman Huub Artz (21) and Belgian sprinter Zeno Moonen (20). The Continental Development team directed by Kévin Van Melsen, that concluded an exceptional first season on the road, thus attracted two reinforcements who distinguished themselves with consistency during season 2023.
Huub Artz raced for three seasons with Continental team Metec-SOLARWATT, which has produced numerous talents of the current young Dutch generation such as Sjoerd Bax, Arvid De Kleijn or Marijn van den Berg, before starting his last season in the U23 category with Circus-ReUz-Technord.
The tall and powerful rider reached a new milestone in 2023, taking his first U23 victory in the GP Color Code Bassenge in July. This success is one of his many achievements in the U23 Road Series, which he was leading until his main rival Jasper Dejaegher of Circus-ReUz-Technord defeated him for the overall win in the last race.
Recently, in the beginning of October, Artz even offered himself a first top five in a pro race, finishing fifth in the Friesland Elfstedenrace behind Jasper Philipsen and Olav Kooij. Like his compatriot Roel van Sintmaartensdijk, he showed excellent performances in the time trial discipline, with top ten finishes in the four UCI time trials in which he participated this season.
Zeno Moonen arrives from Mini Discar Cycling Team, a development club directed by former Intermarché-Circus-Wanty pro rider Grégory Habeaux. He is the second rider joining the Walloon structure coming from this club of the Liège region after Jasper Dejaegher, one of the six riders who signed a professional contract during the first season of Circus-ReUz-Technord.
Moonen, a fast rider, has won the final stage of the Tour of East-Flanders in 2022, his first year in the U23 category. This season he stepped up his game by profiling himself as a regular contender for the victory in the sprint, finishing six times on the podium and achieving top ten results in UCI races such as the Flanders Tomorrow Tour.