The 24-year-old Belgian sprinter, who secured five victories against elite competition since joining Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in 2022, has extended his contract with the team lead by Jean-François Bourlart until the end of 2025.
Last May, Gerben Thijssen grabbed his first professional victory in the final stage of Quatre Jours de Dunkerque before his first World Tour success in Tour de Pologne. He eventually beat Jasper Philipsen to earn the twenty-fourth and final victory of 2022 in Gooikse Pijl.
Since the start of 2023, Thijssen added two victories on Belgian soil, winning against Caleb Ewan after a tight duel in the Grand Prix Monseré Grand Prix, then against Pascal Ackermann in the recent Bredene-Koksijde Classic.
This Wednesday once again, he will be accompanied by his sprint train for the Brugge-De Panne Classic. Julius Johansen, Baptiste Planckaert, Laurenz Rex and Boy van Poppel will be reinforced by the experienced Niccolò Bonifazio and Adrien Petit, who returns to racing two months after his crash in the Mallorca Challenge.
The selection lead by Steven De Neef, Hilaire Van der Schueren and Pieter Vanspeybrouck will compete in the roads of West Flanders, with three laps of the 48 kilometer circuit, each passing through the windy localities of De Moeren and Veurne.