Belgian U23 champion Julie Brouwers will reinforce the cyclocross team of the structure of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, which is composed of six riders for season 2023-2024 and directed by the brothers Bart and Geert Wellens.
The 20 year old Belgian rider signed a professional contract with the structure of Jean-François Bourlart and joins the team composed of Thijs Aerts, Kevin Kuhn, Gerben Kuypers (Elite), Arne Baers and Lauren Molengraaf (U23).
Julie Brouwers followed a linear progression in the U23 category. In addition to her national title she finished tenth in the World Championships in Hoogerheide last winter.
Independent of the type of parcours, the rider from the Antwerp region has shown regularity in the elite peloton by finishing in the top fifteen in twenty races, among which a sixth place in Oostmalle and a thirteenth place in the World Cup in Dublin.
Last Saturday, she started the cyclocross season with a victory in Vorselaar in her new colours. She’s the second female athlete of the structure next to Lauren Molengraaf, who will celebrate her eighteenth birthday on 5th of October and step up to the U23 category.
Three professional riders will defend the colours of Circus-ReUz-Technord in the men’s elite category: Thijs Aerts, Kevin Kuhn and Gerben Kuypers. Kevin Kuhn, eighth in the current UCI ranking, also started his season with a victory on home soil for the third year in a row.
The double Swiss champion won four races last winter and achieved his first World Cup podium in Val di Sole, after finishing fifth in the European Championships. Thijs Aerts, former junior world champion, finished in the top fifteen of four World Cup races and ten other competitions.
Other newcomer Gerben Kuypers was the revelation of cyclocross season 2022-2023, with a sixth place between the pros in the World Championships, a Belgian title in the Elite amateur category and five wins and the overall classification in the French Cup.
He also showed himself on the road with Intermarché-Circus-Wanty during the spring, pursuing his remarkable progression and taking his first two ever victories with the Circus-ReUz-Technord team of Kévin Van Melsen in the Tour de Namur and the Province Cycling Tour.
At the age of 21, Arne Baers will start his final season in the U23 category. Last season he was selected for the first time to represent Belgium in the European Championships (10th) and the World Championships (15th). He also obtained his first two elite victories in Sweden and ended ninth in the overall classification of the U23 World Cup in his first participation.