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2023 Edition

Stage won 0
General Ranking 16
Competitors in race 7
Sporting managers : DE NEEF Steven / LAPAGE Laurenzo

The history

Four Belgian teams have been rolling up to the start line Tour de France since 2021 in a blast from the past. Three decades ago, in 1991, it was Lotto–Superclub–MBK, Histor–Sigma, Weinmann–Eddy Merckx and Tonton Tapis–GB–Corona. Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux made its comeback in 2021 following three consecutive starts from 2017 through 2019. Its purchase of the Polish CCC team's WorldTour licence was the ticket back to the top tier of cycling for the structure founded as a Continental team in 2008 and managed by Jean-François Bourlart. From 2011 on it raced in the second division (Pro Continental) under its successive avatars as Veranda's Willems, Accent Jobs–Wanty and Wanty–Gobert.

When the team then known as Wanty–Groupe Gobert made its Tour de France debut in 2017, its nine riders were also first-timers. It played its troublemaker role to perfection, lighting up the race every time that the course entered breakaway territory, especially during the first week, with men such as Yoann Offredo and Frederik Backaert, whose background as a farmer-cum-cyclist turned him into a media darling. The team's other attraction was cyclist-philosopher Guillaume Martin, holder of a degree from the University of Nanterre and author of the book Socrate à vélo ("Socrates on a bike"), who tapped his physical potential to finish 23rd in his first Tour de France and third in stage 8 to Les Rousses, a performance he followed up with 21st and 12th place in his next two starts for the Walloon team.
In 2019, the Grand Départ from Brussels and the start of stage 3 in Binche (repeated in 2022), where the squad is based, set the stage for the team to shine and take several combativity awards throughout the duration of the race, including the prize for the most combative rider of the first week for Yoann Offredo. Xandro Meurisse's third place on La Planche des Belles Filles and his finish as the top Belgian rider (21st overall) were the talk of the town in the country. The other headline-grabbing personality in the Belgian team, sometimes to the point of caricature, was Hilaire Van der Schueren. Now in his seventies, he was a relic of a bygone age who started off as an assistant to Guillaume Driessens (one of Eddy Merckx's team managers) and then Jan Raas in the mid-1980s. The Italian Valerio Piva is now at the helm of a team that underwent a professional transformation in a short time, producing the first Black African winner of a Northern classic (2022 Gent–Wevelgem) and a Grand Tour stage (2022 Giro) in the person of Biniam Girmay. It also put the wind back in the sails of the South African Louis Meintjes, fourteenth in the 2021 Tour de France and seventh in 2022 with a near-miss on the Alpe d'Huez (second) before finally tasting success in the Vuelta. Taco van der Hoorn was also second in Wallers-Arenberg, where he finished a whisker behind Simon Clarke, while Alexander Kristoff, the first wearer of the yellow jersey in 2020, came in third on the Champs-Élysées. Fans are waiting for Girmay's Tour debut with bated breath!

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Overall wins: 0

Podium finishes: 0

Stage wins: 0

Secondary classification wins: 0

Yellow jerseys: 0

STARTS: 5 (since 2017)

7: Intermarché–Circus–Wanty's best result so far in the general classification of the Tour de France, courtesy of Louis Meintjes.

8 July 2017: Guillaume Martin becomes the first Wanty–Groupe Gobert rider to finish in the top 3 of a Tour de France stage at the end of stage 8 to Les Rousses.
10 July 2018: Andrea Pasqualon (sixth), Dion Smith (ninth) and Timothy Dupont (tenth) make it three Wanty–Groupe Gobert men in the top 10 of stage 4 to Sarzeau.
11 July 2019: Xandro Meurisse places third on La Planche des Belles Filles, behind Dylan Teuns and Giulio Ciccone

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