The Tormans Cyclo Cross Team is gradually growing towards its final composition for the upcoming cyclocross winter 2020-2021. The Swiss rider Kevin Kuhn and Frenchman Théo Thomas are the newest additions to the group with Quinten Hermans, Thomas Mein, Corné Van Kessel and Emiel Verstrynge under the direction of Bart Wellens.
The 22 year old Kevin Kuhn has a successful winter in the U23 category behind his back, before making his debut in the elite category in the colours of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team. The Swiss rider won the U23 World Cup, thanks to wins in Bern, Namur and Heusden-Zolder. In Tabor he was defeated by his future teammate Thomas Mein. Later, the duo als shared the podium steps in the World Cup in Nommay. The Swiss U23 champion missed the rainbow jersey at the World Championships in Dübendorf, close to his residence in Gibswil. The German speaking rider combines cyclocross with mountainbike, and will defend the colours of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team until the end of winter 2020-2021.
The French rider Théo Thomas will be added to the U23 squad next winter. The rider from the Alsace region finished 10th in the World Cup in Koksijde, a race in which he also shone in the junior category with a 4th place. For the upcoming winter, the 19 year old rider changes from CC Etupes, but he will stay with the French development team from Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans for the road season.
« I'm very happy with this new challenge with the Tormans Cyclo Cross Team. I've got an excellent winter behind my back, and I'm curious about what my first season in the elite category will bring. Just like last winter, I will focus on the World Cup. Two training camps with the team are planned in July, before some mountainbike races in August to prepare the cyclocross season. Let's get it started! »
« I'm very enthusiastic to start with Tormans Cyclo Cross Team! Thanks to my team CC Etupes, I got in touch with the team at the World Cup in Koksijde. From then on, they've been following me. Sand courses suit me, so I'm already looking forward to the World Championships in Ostend. I'm happy to be integrated to the team at our first training camp this week! »
Bart Wellens (Sports Director Tormans Cyclo Cross Team):
« Kevin Kuhn is a very talented rider with a great deal of perseverance. I'm looking forward to get to know his personality and capabilities in training better during our training camp this week. It's a nice challenge to start working with this Swiss rider! »
« Théo Thomas is an element from our development team CC Etupes. We haven't seen him racing much in Belgium, but I've learnt about his great ambition and motivation during our first meeting. I'm looking forward to the development of both riders! »
« Our group for next winter is gradually growing towards its final composition. Our pro riders Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel have proven their status already, but they are ambitious to reach a higher level. Our young riders want to follow in their footsteps, and therefore they receive the opportunity to slowly grow in our young project. Thanks to the limited dimension of our team, we've got time to devote enough attention to each of the riders. »