Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux welcomes the two young Belgian riders Tom Paquot and Laurenz Rex, who will make their World Tour debut with their compatriot Dries De Pooter in January. The 22 year old riders from the Liège province stay united for at least the next two seasons, after going through their U23 years as teammates and signing their first pro contract together in 2021 with Bingoal - Pauwels Sauces - WB.
Former mountainbiker Laurenz Rex immediately impressed in his first year as an U23 rider by being present in the final of Binche-Chimay-Binche for example. Last autumn he showed himself for the first time on the highest level with a heroic performance in Paris-Roubaix. In hellish conditions he followed the favorites until a third crash on Carrefour de l’Arbre pushed him back to 21st place. The rider from Raeren confirmed this performance this spring on the cobbles of Ghent-Wevelgem (16th), the Brussels Cycling Classic (10th) and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (18th).
Tom Paquot obtained several good results in the second semester of 2021 thanks to a strong sprint at the end of hilly races. After an eighth place in the GP Scherens he took his first two podiums in the pro ranks. In the opening stage of the Tour du Limousin he was only preceded by Laporte and Godon and two weeks later he finished third again in the Tour du Doubs in the slipstream of Biniam Girmay. The young Walloon rider from Braives also has an offensive temperament, which was rewarded from his first pro races with a couple of days in the mountain jersey in the Tour de Wallonie and a 24th place in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.