Just like Dries De Pooter, Tom Paquot and Laurenz Rex, two other rising Belgian stars will make their World Tour debut with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux next season. Rune Herregodts (24) and Arne Marit (23) from Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise signed a contract until the end of 2024.
Since his victory in Paris-Tours U23, Rune Herregodts built a reputation of baroudeur and specialist of early breakaways. It was in this way that he achieved his three professional victories. He obtained his first succes at the end of October last year in the Ronde van Drenthe, concluding a breakaway of more than 175 kilometer by resisting to a sprinting peloton with Andrea Pasqualon on his own. A couple of months later, he started the 2022 in the same way he ended the previous season, by preceding his five breakaway companions in the Ruta del Sol after 185 kilometer in the lead of the race and conquering the leader’s jersey. He repeated this stunt last Thursday in the opening stage of the Sazka Tour after almost 200 kilometer in the lead of the race.
Time trial is another trademark of the medecine student, who finished fourth in two races against the clock won by Remco Evenepoel, in the Belgian championships in June and in the Belgium Tour one year before. For the second consecutive year he is selected to represent Belgium in the time trial (13th in 2021) and the road race at the upcoming European championships in Munich. During a short period on the track he set the third fastest Belgian time ever in the individual pursuit when he finished sixth at the European championships in 2019.
Arne Marit excels in the sprint and one day races. In the junior category he won Nokere Koerse and finished in the top five of the Tour of Flanders and the E3 Classic. A long series of good results, a silver medal at the Belgian U23 championships and several successes such as the GP Criquielion were rewarded with a first professional contract in 2021. Just like Herregodts, he achieved his first professional success in October, preceding Bryan Coquard and Elia Viviani in the sprint in the GP du Morbihan. During an impressive en of the season 2021, he also obtained four other top five finishes in the GP Jef Scherens, the Gooikse Pijl, the Ronde van Drenthe and the Dorpenomloop Rucphen and a seventh place in Paris-Tours.