Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is happy to announce the extensions of South-African climber Louis Meintjes and Italian puncher Lorenzo Rota. Both riders, who joined the team in 2021, signed a new contract until the end of the 2023 season.
Leader of the team on the Tour de France, Louis Meintjes (29) finished in 14th place in Paris and by doing so, he achieved his best Grand Tour result in four years. Meintjes was always among the strongest in the mountains and finished 9th in the stage towards Quillan thanks to a breakaway initiative. Earlier in the season, the climber achieved a top 20 in the general classification of the UAE Tour, the Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné on his way to the Tour. He also contributed to the fantastic collective success of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at the Vuelta a España, and only a crash two days before the finish in Santiago de Compostela took him off the road to a top 10 overall finish.
The Lombard Lorenzo Rota (26) emerged on the highest level with the Belgian team this season, particularly in one day races. He excelled in his home country, at the Trofeo Laigueglia (10th), the Giro della Toscana (4th), the Coppa Sabatini (5th), the Tre Valli Varesine (7th) and he even distinguished himself in World Tour stage races by finishing first rider of the team in Tirreno-Adriatico (22nd) and the Tour de Pologne (12th). In August, Lorenzo Rota was among the strongest riders in the Clasica San Sebastian (4th), again only a crash eliminated him for the sprint for the victory. For the first time in his career, the Italian rider discovered the Tour de France and made it to Paris with a 10th place in the stage towards Saint-Gaudens.