Belgain rider Cédric Beullens (EFC - LR Vuylsteke) and Norwegian rider Trond Trondsen (Team Coop) will join French rider Théo Delacroix (CC Etupes) as trainee with Wanty-Gobert until the end of the season.
Cédric Beullens, last year in the U23 category, swapped reguraly his EFC - LR Vuylsteke shirt for one from the Belgian national team. The student physiotherapy appeared on the U23 Tour of Flanders podium with a 2nd place and finished 5th in Ghent-Wevelgem for U23. The classic rider was rewarded with a selection for the Baloise Belgium Tour. The inhabitant of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver and winner of a stage in the Tour of Vlaams-Brabant will be for the first time at the start for Wanty-Gobert at the Tour du Limousin (2.1, 21-24/07).
The 25 year old Trond Trondsen is currently racing Kreiz Breizh in Brittany with his Norwegian continental team Coop. The master student industrial technology and technology management showed himself with a stage win and 3rd place in GC in the Tour de Normandie and victories in the Sundvolden GP and the opening stage in the Tour d’Eure-et-Loir. The sprinter/puncher live just outside Oslo and will appear for the first time in the Wanty-Gobert colours in the Belgian one day races at the end of this month.
« One of my goals this season was to become a trainee with a professional team in order to discover bigger races, so I'm very with the chance Wanty-Gobert gives me. I received a first opportunity to get an insight in a pro race in the Tour of Belgium thanks to a selection with the national team, and I will use the next few months to learn a lot. Becoming a pro rider would be a logical next step in my attempt to progress year after year. I will, within the ranks of Wanty-Gobert, give everything to show I'm worth it! »
« I'm very happy to join Wanty-Gobert until the end of the season I'm looking forward to get to know the team and to contribute on and off the bike. I hope to perform well, with regularity, by helping my teammates and maybe get a result myself. I expect to learn a lot. Hopefully this can result in a pro contract for next year! »
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager) :
« We want to continue to give confidence to young riders, and both Trond Trondsen and Cédric Beullens, just like Théo Delacroix, are part of this strategy. These two young riders are capable of showing themselves on different terrains. Beullens can show himself on classic profiles in several Belgian one day races, but also in some hard stage races. Trondsen receives an opportunity to prove himself on a higher level. I'm convinced that they will use this opportunity to reach a new milestone in their career and, why not, follow the example of Alfdan De Decker, who became pro in our team after a successful traineeship last autumn. »