On January 1st of 2020, the colors of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux appeared for the first time in the mud, in Baal, thanks to the brand new project “Tormans Cyclo Cross Team” from the Belgian structure of Jean-François Bourlart around Quinten Hermans and Corné van Kessel. With the reinforcement of young talents, the team grow and acquired a strong identity under the direction of the former double world champion Bart Wellens. Together with his team, he stays loyal to the CX project which is part of the structure of Jean-François Bourlart and will be extended with a women’s team and a Continental development team.
Last winter, the ten riders of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team won two world titles in Fayetteville thanks to Joran Wyseure(U23) and Zoe Bäckstedt (Juniors), a European title on the Col du VAM thanks to the last named and four national titles thanks to Kevin Kuhn (Switzerland), Thomas Mein (Great-Britain), Marie Schreiber (Luxembourg – U23) and Emiel Verstrynge (Belgium – U23).
17 year old Zoe Bäckstedt was undefeated in her category and achieved historical succes in Essen by becoming the youngest athlete to won a Belgian cyclocross race in the Elite category. In the U23 category, Emiel Verstrynge and Joran Wyseure succeeded each other on the highest step of the podium thanks to exemplary teamwork. And Quinten Hermans collected ten podium finishes and offered the team its first Wold Cup victory in the Elite category and its first European medal in the Elite category.
Behind those 22 successes lies a solid team directed by Bart Wellens, which supports the riders day by day on and off the bike and facilitates their staff. The alchemy between the riders, the staff and the equipment and the scouting of Geert Wellens is possible thanks to among others the devotion of paramedical staff Alex Spruyt and the drive for optimization of mechanic Kobe Siemons.