The arrival of Jean-François Bourlart in 2001
The current manager of the structure, Jean-Fançois Bourlart, joined the VC Ath in 2001. After racing a couple of years with Yves Lessens and Jean-Marc-Rossignon, he decided to join his cycling friends in the organization of the VC Ath.
Hubert Gobert was already sponsoring the team in 2001. One year later, the team changed its name to Team Storez-VC Ath. The company, which is now named Gobert Matériaux, never left our structure. Gobert Matériaux was title partner until 2022 and still has a central position on the jersey.
The trio composed of Yves Lessens, Jean-Marc Rossignon and Jean-François Bourlart found its balance and direction. And they had fun coaching riders.
But the trio were pleased with themselves, combining a family life, work and the VC Ath. As volunteers and with the help of others such as Christian Catereels, who’s still helping the team today, Eddy Torrekens, Cédric Okkerse or former pro rider Thierry Marichal. Everything with the available resources.