By winning stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia last May after a heroic solo effort, Taco van der Hoorn offered a historic success to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux. His attacking style of racing, combined with his ever present smile, has earned the admiration of many cycling followers this season. Besides his fabulous feat on the Giro, he notably distinguished himself on the Benelux Tour, where he won a five-man sprint after a 160-kilometer breakaway. He left his mark on almost each of the races in which he took part, for example by fighting his heart out during 270 kilometers in Milan – San Remo or by winning the jersey of intermediate sprints on the Tour de Pologne. The 27-year-old rider from Wageningen will remain loyal to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux for another three years.
At the age of 33, Boy van Poppel has proven to be a great asset to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, both in the role of lead-out man and in the classics. In addition to his experience at the highest level which makes him an exemplary road captain, his speed allowed him to clinch the first top 10 in a bunch sprint of the Tour de France for the first time of his career. In addition, he finished 12th in Dwars door Vlaanderen, finished fifth in the Dutch championship, grabbed a the top 10 on Dwars door het Hageland (7th), the Heistse Pijl (8th) and the Ronde van Limburg (8th). Boy van Poppel, who joined in 2020, continues the adventure with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux for an additional season.