This Sunday, the Ronde van Drenthe will make an end to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert’s first season as a World Team, and also to Pieter Vanspeybrouck‘s fourteen year professional career. After five seasons as a rider with the Belgian structure, the 34 year old will take up his role as a team captain for the last time before starting his reconversion to sports director.
In this way, Pieter Vanspeybrouck will add his practical experience to the team of sports directors composed of Frédéric Amorison, Steven De Neef, Valerio Piva, Jean-Marc Rossignon, Hilaire Van der Schueren and Bart Wellens. He participated twelve times to races such as Ghent-Wevelgem or the Benelux Tour. Just like Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, he discovered the Tour de France in 2017 and stepped up to the World Tour in 2021. Two professional victories decorate the palmares of the rider born in Tielt.
For the final race of his career, Pieter Vanspeybrouck will join his compatriots Jan Bakelants and Tom Devriendt, the Dutch riders Stijn Daemen (trainee) and Taco van der Hoorn, and the Italian riders Riccardo Minali and Andrea Pasqualon. Under the direction of Aike Visbeek, these seven riders will have to accomplish 188.5 kilometer between new start city Assen and Hoogeveen, animated by 25 kilometers of cobbles. The last five out of eleven sections are passages on the VAM-berg (17.5%), which is again the principal attraction of the 59th edition.
Line up Ronde van Drenthe:
Taco van der Hoorn