Intermarché-Circus-Wanty keeps reinforcing its structure by extending the contract of Frenchman Adrien Petit, one of the most experimented road captains and a central element in the sprint trains and classics team, until the end of 2025.
The 32 year old Frenchman is above all a cobble specialist. With Intermarché-Circus-Wanty, he finished sixth of Paris-Roubaix last year, his best result in eleven participations and third top ten. During the same spring of 2022 he also raced for the victory in the GP de Denain (3rd) and the Antwerp Port Epic (5th).
From his first months with the team of Jean-François Bourlart, his experience was decisive in the collective strength, guiding for example Biniam Girmay through his first Flemish classics and towards a historical victory in Ghent-Wevelgem.
The fast rider launched the sprinters of the team towards victories and podiums all over Europe, including in the Tour de France. Next to leading Alexander Kristoff to third place on the Champs-Elysées, he guided his teammates over the first cobble section in the stage towards Arenberg, named Sector Adrien Petit “Le Bison” in his honor.
The rider from Arras recently came back in competition after a complicated start of 2023 due to bad luck. Following a crash in the Trofeo Alcudia, his first race in January, his shoulder underwent an operation so he was out for several weeks. A couple of days after his return in March, he broke a phalanx during a crash in Dwars door Vlaanderen.
From Tuesday to Sunday, he will participate for the tenth time to the Dunkirk Four Day in his region, six years after his solo win in the final stage to Dunkirk. It was in this coastal city that Gerben Thijssen took his first professional victory last year, after two other podiums earlier that week. The double winner in 2023 will receive the support of his sprint train composed of Julius Johansen and Boy van Poppel, Loïc Vliegen, regional rider Axel Huens and cyclocross specialist Kevin Kuhn.
The selection directed by Dimitri Claeys and Pieter Vanspeybrouck will receive several opportunities for sprinters and will be confronted to the traditional queen stage with eight loops on the Casselberg. New this year is the third stage in form of a time trial of 15.9 kilometer around Saint-Quentin.