The Belgian professional cycling team Wanty-Gobert develops her training pyramid. In addition to the logistical support offered to various Belgian youth clubs (RPSM Tournai, Peruwelz RVS-Bury, SCV Marchovelette, VC Ardennes), the pro team will cooperate with the French club CC Etupes for the training of young talent. CC Etupes delivered some talents at the highest level with Thibaut Pinot, Petr Vakoč or Adam Yates, but the club also contributed to the breakthrough of Fabien Doubey and Guillaume Martin, two current riders of Wanty-Gobert.
From 2019 CC Etupes will integrate the Wanty-Gobert training and talent detection network, which shares its expertise with young riders, opening the doors of professional cycling to the best riders. Note that the club will also be equipped by the German manufacturer CUBE and RITCHEY. A nice collaboration according to Jean-François Bourlart, the general manager of Wanty-Gobert, and Boris Zimine, former professional cyclist and new sports director of CC Etupes.
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager Wanty-Gobert):
"I am very pleased with this collaboration with CC Etupes. The contacts have been simplified by the proximity of Guillaume Martin and Fabien Doubey, two elements formed in this French club. We want to develop a real network of detection and training of talents between Belgium and France. By becoming a member of the CC Etupes club, a reference in France, we can keep an eye on the talents in France, especially in the mountain terrain that we have less in Belgium. "
"I am convinced that the work of the new sports director Boris Zimin will strengthen our workforce at the end of 2019. In addition to our material support, we can also promote the training of Belgian talent by offering them a richer competition program, for example passing through the Alps before their pro transition. We want to have the most efficient cyclists of CC Etupes test their skills at Wanty-Gobert, through a training camp at the end of the summer, or why not even a first professional contract in the autumn. "
Boris Zimine (sports director CC Etupes):
"This is a great opportunity for CC Etupes. Amateur cycling is struggling and support of a structure such as Wanty-Gobert blows a breath of fresh air through our ranks. The mission of Etupes is to train riders to succeed at the highest level. In this sense the collaboration with Wanty-Gobert offers real added value. We will benefit from more resources than before, so we want to do better. This will enable us to internationalize by riding on two fronts with more races in Belgium. "
"2019 is going to be a transition year for CC Etupes. I am a new sports director and I am signing up for a new project: we start the season with twelve riders and a mountain biker as reinforcement. We work with many young people to help them from their first year as a U23 rider. Our riders do not serve as a springboard for a single season. I hope my riders will show that they deserve their place at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. I want to be able to deliver the new Guillaume Martin or Fabien Doubey in the medium range term! "