Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux can rely on a new asset for 2021, thanks to the arrival of Taco Van der Hoorn. The winner of the Schaal Sels (2017), the Primus Classic and a stage at the BinckBank Tour (2018) reinforces the squad for the classics and one day races. After this long series of victories and places of honor in his orange kit of Roompot, the Dutch rider stepped up to the World Tour with Jumbo-Visma. During two seasons, the 27 year old rode at the services of leaders like Van Aert and Teunissen. The resident of Wageningen brings his World Tour experience in the classics to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, but he will also receive his own opportunities in certain races.
Taco Van der Hoorn:
« I'm very happy to be able to defend the colors of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux next season. My goals and capabilities will come into their own perfectly in the team. Riding at the services of others really suits me, but racing for the victory also intrigues me. Within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, I will discover a perfect balance between the role of a helper and my own opportunities. It's a very nice challenge! I'm also looking forward to ride a Grand Tour, in which I want to shine in the typical offensive race style of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux! »
« After his revelation in 2018, Taco gained World Tour experience. This intelligent and self-conscious rider is preparing next season full motivation. After two years at the service of others, we want to offer him again some more freedom. Combining this with good mentoring and coaching, a World Tour programme and a first Grand Tour participation, we're convinced that he can take a next step in his career. The profile of the 27 year old with a margin for growth matches perfectly with the strategy of our team in full development. »