Belgian rider Arne Baers (20 year old) and Briton Nathan Smith (18 year old) will defend the colors of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux from September 2022. Both riders signed a contract until the end of February 2024 with the Belgian structure, enabling them to combine at least two winters in the mud with Tormans Cyclo Cross Team and a road programme with the new Continental Development team in the summer.
Nathan Smith won the bronze medal at the latest junior cyclocross World Championships in Fayetteville. He concluded his second season in the junior category in fifth place in the UCI ranking, thanks to his six victories on home soil and World Cup podiums in Dendermonde (2nd) and Tabor (3rd). This summer he won the bronze medal at the national Cross Country championships for a second year in a row.
Arne Baers from Paal-Beringen also showed himself in the junior category by taking victories on the Koppenberg, in Beringen, Niel, Wachtebeke and in Leudelange. When he stepped up to the U23 ranks at the end of 2020, he raced with the pros in each event. One season later he finished six times in the top twenty in elite races and was nearly always among the fifteen best riders in U23 events last winter.
Thanks to these two recruitments, Tormans Cyclo Cross Team will start season 2022-2023 with a group of six riders from five different nationalities. Quinten Hermans (Belgium), Kevin Kuhn (Swiss champion) and Corné van Kessel race in the elite category. Arne Baers (Belgium), Marie Schreiber (Luxembourg U23 champion) and Nathan Smith (Great-Britain) are U23 riders.
Composition Tormans Cyclo Cross Team:
Quinten Hermans (BEL)
Kevin Kuhn (SWI)
Corné van Kessel (NET)
Arne Baers (BEL)
Nathan Smith (GBR)
Marie Schreiber (LUX)