Intermarché-Wanty
Intermarché-Wanty
  • Nationality Belgium
  • Founded 2009
  • Team Principal Jean-François Bourlart
  • UCI Code IWA
  • Bike Sponsor CUBE

UCI WorldTeam

Intermarché-Wanty

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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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The Team

Gerben Thijssen

Gerben Thijssen

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Georg Zimmermann

Georg Zimmermann

26

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Lorenzo Rota

Lorenzo Rota

28

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2

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Biniam Girmay

Biniam Girmay

23

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Mike Teunissen

Mike Teunissen

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12

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Team Bikes

Link to Tour Down Under pro bike: Biniam Girmay’s Cube Litening Aero C:68X
Biniam Girmay's bike for the Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under pro bike: Biniam Girmay’s Cube Litening Aero C:68X

Intermarché-Wanty’s star rider is using the team’s aero road bike which features some unique tech

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Top Intermarché-Wanty Stories

Link to Tour Down Under: Even the sprinters couldn’t follow Isaac del Toro, says Girmay
The sprinters in full flight couldn't close the gap to Isaac del Toro on stage 2 of the Tour Down Under

Tour Down Under: Even the sprinters couldn’t follow Isaac del Toro, says Girmay

Young climbing star takes peloton by surprise with rapid stage 2 attack on the flat

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Link to Mihkels and Thijssen fined time and money for Guangxi racist gesture
Madis Mihkels (left) and Gerben Thijssen (right) have completed the requests made of them by the UCI and Intermarché-Wanty

Mihkels and Thijssen fined time and money for Guangxi racist gesture

Intermarché-Wanty asked riders to make financial contributions and spend a day with the team’s junior programme, as UCI confirm case is closed

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Link to Paul Magnier explodes onto the scene with huge watts - GCN Racing News Show
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Paul Magnier explodes onto the scene with huge watts - GCN Racing News Show

Dan Lloyd casts his eyes back on the last week of racing, which saw youngsters leave their mark and Soudal Quick-Step’s Frenchman unleash a wattage bazooka

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