Kobe Goossens and Laurenz Rex, two Belgian talents who won their first race as a professional and broke through in the jersey of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, extended their contract with the team of Jean-François Bourlart until the end of 2025 and 2026 respectively.
27 year old climber Kobe Goossens made a fantastic start to the season by taking his first win as a pro in the second race of the Majorca Challenge and repeating this stunt the next day, each time by leaving his breakaway companions behind in difficult weather conditions.
He showed himself among the strongest riders in other difficult one day races such as the Trofeo Calvia (7th), the Figueira Champions Classic (10th), the Flèche Wallonne (25th) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (27th). He showed more aggressive racing style in the queen stages of stage races, resulting in a thirteenth place in the final classification of Paris-Nice, his first top 20 in a World Tour stage race, and a sixth final place in the Giro di Sicilia.
Last summer he discovered the Tour de France with Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, two years after his 24th place in his Grand Tour debut in the Tour of Spain. Despite a wrist injury, he remained loyal to his role alongside Louis Meintjes until Paris and joined breakaways in the difficult stages towards Châtel and Alpe d’Huez.
23 year old Laurenz Rex broke through from his first season in the World Tour with ninth place in Paris-Roubaix in April, by accompanying the favorites until the final. He added this first top ten in a Monument to other classics results such as sixteenth in Ghent-Wevelgem (2022), eighteenth in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (2022) or 21st in Paris-Roubaix (2021).
The powerful rider from Raeren led the selections of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in the most prestigious cobble classics this spring, combining a programme of the World Team with the one of Circus-ReUz-Technord during the first months of the season to recover from injuries. This strategy enabled him to win the Dorpenomloop Rucphen with the development team, his first professional victory.
A couple of days later, Laurenz Rex played a key role in the sprint train which led Gerben Thijssen towards the victory in Bredene-Koksijde. He is currently making his Grand Tour debut in the Tour of Italy, during which he led Arne Marit to the fourth place in the bunch sprint of stage two.