Belgian rider Dries De Pooter, Dutch rider Stijn Daemen and French rider Maxime Jarnet join Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux as trainees until the end of the year.
Dries De Pooter won the Belgian junior national title in Koksijde last year, but he didn’t have many opportunities to show his jersey before passing to the U23 category with SEG Racing Academy. The habitant of Geel, member of Acrog-Tormans during all youth categories, is known as a big talent for the classics and one week stage races. The 18 year old, 24th at the Heistse Pijl last Saturday, acquired good results during his first year as an U23 with for example top 10 places on top of La Planche des Belles Filles at Tour Alsace or 4th and 6th at the Course de la Paix.
Stijn Daemen was also on form during this Course de la Paix. But his 2nd place at the first stage of the Oberösterreichrundfahrt is his best international result so far this season. The habitant of Landgraaf rode for Belgian teams from 2015 to 2019 before stepping up to Continental team Abloc CT. The 22 year old achieved his best results in the colors of this team. The student physiotherapy was crowned Dutch U23 champion on the VAM-berg before winning a team time trial with the national team at the Orlen Nations Grand Prix. The rider from Limburg already wore the tricolor as a junior in time trials. The allround rider likes hilly courses, is good in time trials and can be successful in a group sprint.
Maxime Jarnet is a pure sprinter. The last year U23 already took four victories and fifteen podium spots this season. But the 22 year old also collected several places of honor on an international level. He missed the victory at both stages of the Alpes Isère Tour and the Tour d’Eure-et-Loir. The member of Vélo Club Villefranche Beaujolais also took 3rd place of the final classification of the Tour d’Eure-et-Loir. Another remarkable performance is his 7th place at Paris-Tours for U23, after a period as a trainee with Pro Continental Team Arkea Samsic. At this end of the season, he will again race on a professional level, just like Dries De Pooter and Stijn Daemen.