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Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans is ready to start the road season

Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans is ready to start the road season

Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans is preparing for its tenth season start in the second division on Spanish roads in Majorca. The Belgian team was officially presented during the winter training camp at the Costa Blanca in the Albir Garden Resort (Spain). The 25 riders from six different countries compose the effective of Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans. The team will be reinforced with Théo Delacroix, the French U23 champion, in August. »

There's a balance between the fifteen remaining riders from last year and the eleven newcomers, among whom four neopoos. Jérémy Bellicaud, Jasper De Plus, Théo Delacroix and Alexander Evans will discover the professional environment. Boy and Danny Van Poppel will reinforce the team for the classics, like Jan Bakelants. Maurits Lammertink and Simone Petilli will join the climbers. Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel will start their first road campaign in a Pro Team after their winter with the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team.»

The group of riders from general manager Jean-François Bourlart is still directed by Hilaire Van der Schueren, Steven De Neef, Sébastien Demarbaix and Jean-Marc Rossignon, and mainly trained by Frederik Veuchelen. Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans will discover the classics on the international calendar in 2020, like the Strade Bianche, Milan - San Remo, the GP Québec and the  GP Montréal or the Tour of Lombardie, but focuses on becoming the best Pro Team in the World Ranking in order to acquire an automatic invite for all World Tour events in 2021. »

Jean-François BOURLART (general manager):
« In order to reach our goals we will adapt our strategy a little. We've been discussing with the sportive direction to optimize our programme and to make our riders shine. We'll ride one of the best programmes of the teams of the second division; we'll be at the start of 25 out of 37 World Tour riders. This is possible thanks to our loyal sponsors Wanty and Groupe Gobert, and the important addition of Circus and Tormans Group. Our 7 million budget approaches that of the World Tour teams. We don't forget the contribution of the Want You Club, our business club that brings one sixth of our budget together. »

« After a succesful start of our new project, the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team, we're working on a good beginning on the road as well during this important training camp. »

Hilaire VAN DER SCHUEREN (sportdirecteur):
« Thanks to Tormans Group and Circus we had a busy winter. I want to thank them for their contribution, offering us a lot of possibilities in the future. One of the opportunities was the start of a new cyclocross team and the according extra publicity during the winter. I had an eye on Quinten Hermans, and thanks to the interest of Jan Tormans there was a possibility to launch a complete cyclocross project. »

« Next to the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team we've been working on a road team with diverse capabilities. Our ten new riders bring a fresh breeze to the team and higher our chances on all terrains. In addition,  we added Jan Bakelants to the team and I expect that he will push the team even further into the right direction. »

Jan BAKELANTS:
« I hope to reborn in the colours of Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans. In my opinion, both the team and myself will benefit from this recruitment. I feel freed and I feel ready to give all I have for my teammates. I want to share my experience in the World Tour with them. I'll go my own chance in several races, I'll focus on the Ardennes classics. I want to thank the staff and my new teammates for the warm welcome at this training camp, my late integration in the team was good! »

Timothy DUPONT:
« My regularity is my strength and I think this is important as I sprint often against the fastest men in the world. But I'm hoping to take my first victory earlier in the season than last year, when I won a stage at the Tour of Wallonia in July. I want to be ready for my first races in Oman and in Saudi Arabia. I had a good feeling during the beach races, and this is confirmed during our training camp. A sprint training is planned the next days to set up our new sprint trains. »

Xandro MEURISSE:
« My race programme the next few months wil be busy, which is rather positive considering the uncertain weather conditions for training in Belgium. I'll start my season in France at the GP la Marseillaise and Bessèges, and I'll continue with Murcia and the Tour of Algarve. I want to reach a top form at the Strade Bianche and the Ardennes classics, and continue until the Tour of Romandie. I increased the pressure on myself and made some necessary efforts to become a better rider. »

Danny VAN POPPEL:
« I expect a lot from the upcoming season and I'm motivated to take some victories for Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans. Although this strategy is new for me, I want to contribute a lot to the chase for UCI points. I'm happy to have the support of my brother. We realized a couple of years ago with Vacansoleil under the direction of Hilaire Van der Schueren that it is special to race together as brothers and we're convinced that we can achieve something special together in our new environment! »

The 2020 team:
Jan Bakelants (Bel, 33)
Jérémy Bellicaud (Fra, 21)
Alfdan De Decker (Bel, 23)
Aimé De Gendt (Bel, 25)
Jasper De Plus (Bel, 22)
Ludwig De Winter (Bel, 27)
Thomas Degand (Bel, 33)
Théo Delacroix (Fra, 20, joins the team 1st of August 2020)
Tom Devriendt (Bel, 28)
Fabien Doubey (Fra, 26)
Timothy Dupont (Bel, 32)
Odd Eiking (Nor, 25)
Alexander Evans (Aus, 22)
Quinten Hermans (Bel, 24)
Wesley Kreder (Net, 29)
Maurits Lammertink (P-B, 29)
Xandro Meurisse (Bel, 27)
Yoann Offredo (Fra, 33)
Andrea Pasqualon (Ita, 32)
Simone Petilli (Ita, 26)
Corné Van Kessel (Net, 28)
Kévin Van Melsen (Bel, 32)
Danny Van Poppel (P-B, 26)
Boy Van Poppel (Net, 31)
Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel, 32)
Loïc Vliegen (Bel, 26)