Kévin Van Melsen, true symbol of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, will end his professional cycling career after fourteen seasons in the colors of the Walloon World Team in the classic Binche-Chimay-Binche this Tuesday.
Kévin Van Melsen made several strong memories throughout his career in Binche, such as the passage of the Tour de France during his first participation in 2019, his fourth place at the Belgian U23 championships behind winner Dimitri Claeys in 2009, but also his six participations in Bunch-Chimay-Binche, the beloved race of the team and its partners.
Kévin Van Melsen, who joined the structure of Jean-François Bourlart in 2009, climbed the cycling levels from the amateur ranks to the World Tour, proving his loyalty and devotion. At the age of 35, the rider from Lontzen will now contribute to the development of the Walloon structure by building the new Continental Development team.
In his last race Kévin Van Melsen will race in support of his leaders, a role for which he was unanimously appreciated by his colleagues throughout his whole career. He will be accompanied by Alexander Kristoff, Biniam Girmay, Dimitri Claeys, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Hugo Page and Taco van der Hoorn. Steven De Neef and Aike Visbeek are the sports directors.
The parcours remains unchanged compared to the previous edition, who was won for the first time by a rider of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux thanks to Danny van Poppel. Following the rolling roads in the Hainaut province, the course goes via the French border to Chimay, before returning around the Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure. After 134 kilometer of racing the peloton will cross the finish line for the first time, before starting the four local laps and finishing on the cobbles of the Main Square in Binche after 198 kilometer.