A new project will appear in cyclocross, this winter. As of January 1st 2020, Tormans CX Team by Wanty-Gobert will line up in cyclocross with Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel. After participations of Xandro Meurisse and Fabien Doubey in several races last winter, the cyclocross section of Wanty-Gobert changes to a big gear.
Af of January 1st, a new team, sponsored by Tormans Group, but managed by the Want You Cyling structure which already administers the road team Wanty-Gobert, welcomes two out of the ten best cyclocross riders in the world. Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel will ride in the Tormans CX Team colours in winter and in the Wanty-Gobert colours on the road in summer for the three next years, as they signed a contract until the end of 2022.
This project became possible thanks to Hans Van Kasteren. The Dutch man, ex-manager of Telenet-Fidea, succeeded the alchemy between cyclocross, the discipline he kept following from nearby as agent of Quinten Hermans and Corné Van Kessel, and road with Wanty-Gobert.
The 24-year-old, double U23 European champion, Quinten Hermans, is in the United States for the opening of the UCI World Cup. Hermans, 7th in the last World Championships, is 7th in the current individual UCI world ranking. Last summer, he won the fourth stage of the Tour of Wallonia, before finishing 2nd in the general classification. In 2019, he won three stages and the general classification of the Flèche du Sud and finished 3rd in Dwars door het Hageland.
Corné Van Kessel, 28, is currently 8th in the individual UCI world ranking. The Dutch rider finished five times within the top 5 in the World Cup races last winter and took the bronze medal at the Dutch championships. On the road, he finished 3rd at the IWT Oetingen and 4th at the Heistse Pijl in 2017. This year, he took the 11th place at Dwars door het Hageland.
Tormans was founded in 1999 by Jan Tormans and became one of the main players in projectsourcing and selection and recruitment. The company, which celebrates its twentieth birthday this year, is specialized in technical and engineering profiles. The company had its roots in the Campine region, in Geel, where the main office is located. Since the addition of offices in Evergem and Mechelen, Tormans, aiming for further expansion in Belgium and abroad, has now three locations.
Although it is still a family company, more than 400 highly qualified employees and consultants work in for more than 150 companies. Tormans won several prizes, among which the Trends Gazelle and Springbok Awards. By sponsoring the Tormans CX team, Tormans wants to increase brand recognition in Belgium and abroad.
Want You Cycling is the structure administrated by Jean-François Bourlart, which supervises the Professional Continental cycling team Wanty-Gobert. Wanty-Gobert participated three times in the Tour de France, with a final 12th place on the Champs-Elysées for Guillaume Martin last July. This season, the team won eight road races.