In season 2023, the structure Intermarché-Circus-Wanty reinforced its pyramid with the launch of the Continental Development Team Circus-ReUz-Technord and was broadened with the first two women with a professional contract within the cyclocross project.
During its third season at the highest level, the World Team won twenty races with ten different riders. Among them, four were victorious for the first time since they turned professional.
Under the direction of Kévin Van Melsen, nine riders of Circus-ReUz-Technordcollected more than twenty victories, among which ten in UCI races, an exceptional result in its first year of existence.
On the same line, the UCI cyclocross team directed by the brothers Bart and Geert Wellens started season 2023-2024 with success, achieving five UCI victories in the first competition month already.
These results are the fruit of a narrow interaction between the different projects of the structure, overseen by a common performance team. More than ever, the focus is on transversal development, a vision which stays central in the preparation for road season 2024. To support the young talents and experienced professionals, the performance team welcomes new faces.
In addition to the arrival of Dutchman Adriaan Helmantel in the trainers team, Sébastien Demarbaix from Lessines will reinforce the sports direction, returning to the Walloon structure in the same role he occupied from 2013 to 2020. The former professional cyclist (1996-2002) led the team to succes in the Tour de Wallonie 2019 (Loïc Vliegen) and the Circuit de la Sarthe 2018 (Guillaume Martin).
Nutrition has a central role in the performance strategy within the structure of Jean-François Bourlart, that’s why Astrid Roekens joins Jana Camphens as sports dietitian. Roekens has degrees in Commercial Sciences, Sports Management and Dietetics and Nutrition and currently works with professional athletes in the Bakala Academy and Energy Lab.
After 50 seasons in the peloton as sports director, among which ten with Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, Hilaire Van der Schueren retired at the end of season 2023. Valerio Piva and Ioannis Tamouridis will also start a new adventure after accompanying the Walloon structure during its first seasons in the World Tour.
PERFORMANCE TEAM 2024
Steven DE NEEF
Kevin VAN MELSEN