Intermarché-Wanty are relative newcomers to the men’s WorldTour, having joined cycling’s top tier as recently as 2021 when they inherited CCC’s WT licence. Not much was expected of the Belgian outfit in their first year at cycling’s top level, though after they picked up two Grand Tour stage wins with Taco van der Hoorn and Rein Taaramäe they were quickly touted as the best new team on the block.
With a history that they can trace back to 2009 and the Continental-level Willems Verandas squad, they weren’t exactly a ‘new team’ in 2021, but the way in which they rode quickly garnered them legions of new fans from across the globe. Midway through 2021, the team brought in a hot young prospect in Biniam Girmay. Despite being in his early 20s, the Eritrean has become the talisman of the team and has bagged victories in Gent-Wevelgem and the Giro d’Italia in 2022. Girmay also made history himself in these races, becoming the first Black African to win a prestigious Spring Classic and a stage of a Grand Tour.
2023 saw the team take a step back as Girmay’s progression stalled slightly and some of the new signings did not make the splash they hoped. Nevertheless, the step back still included 20 victories and a Grand Tour stage win. Thus, with Girmay likely to bounce back, the expectations for the team can be even higher in 2024.
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