Georg Zimmermann, who is one of the six riders starting the season at the GP de la Marseillaise (1.1, 30/01) this Sunday, extended his contract with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux until the end of 2024. The 24 year old German rider joined the World Team at the end of 2020 coming from Team CCC, where he became a professional. In his first season with the team of Jean-François Bourlart, he immediately won a stage of the Tour de l’Ain at the end of July and wore the leader’s jersey the next day. He took this first professional victory after his first Tour de France, during which he finished 8th in the stage towards Libourne. The rider born in Augsbourg also distinguished himself on home soil in 2021 with a bronze medal in the national championships and the young rider’s jersey and a fifth place in the general classification in the Tour of Germany.
So Zimmermann will start his season in the traditional French opening race. It will also be Hugo Page‘s first appearance in the colors of the Belgian team. Just like his compatriot Théo Delacroix, he will begin the season on home soil. They will be accompanied by Italian climber Simone Petilli and two Belgian riders who already performed well in this first French Cup of the season in the past: Tom Devriendt (3rd in 2019) and Aimé De Gendt (10th in 2019). The peloton will leave Château-Gombert, one of the northern suburbs of Marseille, for 174.5 kilometer before returning to the centre of the coastal city. The final takes place near the Mediterranean Sea, where the Route des Crêtes (3.3 km at 9%), the Pas d’Oulier (4.4 km à 5.3%) and the Col de la Gineste (7.6 km at 3%) with the top 10 kilometer before the finish line are waiting.