Young riders Dries De Pooter (19) and Madis Mihkels (18) have chosen to spend their future with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 2023 and 2024. Before making their professional debut, both young talents will respectively ride in the colors of Hagens Berman Axeon and Team Ampler – Tartu2024 in 2022 and join the World Team as trainees in August after having spent the beginning of the season in two Continental development teams.
Dries De Pooter, Belgian champion in the junior category in 2020, was one of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert’s trainees in 2021. During this successful experience he had an important share in Danny van Poppel’s victory in the Egmont Cycling Race in August and raced alongside his leaders in the finals of the Primus Classic and the GP de Wallonie. During his first season in the U23 category, he finished 4th at the Belgian U23 championships, 13th in the GP Jef Scherens, 7th in the Ster van Zwolle and achieved several good results at the prestigious Course de la Paix. The rider of Geel first hopes to shine in the colors of American team Hagens Berman Axeon directed by Axel Merckx before joining the World Tour peloton with the team of Jean-François Bourlart.
In September, Estonian rider Madis Mihkels won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Leuven by winning the sprint of the peloton. In this way he confirmed that he is one of the best riders of his generation, after his 7th place at the difficult European Championships in Trente two weeks before and his two sprint victories in the nations cup in Hungary. In 2021, he also won the junior national titles in both the time trial and the road race. The 18 year old rider will become the second Estonian rider to wear the jersey of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, after Rein Taaramäe.