Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux

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Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux
Team information
UCI codeBMC (2007–2018)
CCC (2019–2020)
IWG (2021–)
RegisteredUnited States (2007–2018)
Poland (2019–2020)
Belgium (2021–)
Founded2007 (2007)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesCube Bikes
Key personnel
General managerJean-François Bourlart
Team name history
2007–2018
2019–2020
2021–
BMC Racing Team
CCC Team[1]
Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux
Current season

Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux (UCI team code: IWG) is a UCI WorldTeam that is title sponsored by French supermarket chain Intermarché, Belgian engineering firm Wanty and Belgian building materials provider Groupe Gobert Matériaux.

History[edit]

The team was founded as BMC Racing Team in 2007, sponsored by the bicycle manufacturer BMC Switzerland. The team signed a number of major international riders for the 2010 season, including 2009 World Champion, two-time Tour de France runner-up and 2011 winner Cadel Evans, 2009 U.S. Road Race Champion George Hincapie, 2008 World Champion Alessandro Ballan and Spring Classics specialists Karsten Kroon and Marcus Burghardt.

In 2010 the team participated in their first Grand Tours, having been invited to compete in the 2010 Tour de France and the 2010 Giro d'Italia. In 2011, the team attained UCI ProTeam status, the most prestigious classification available, and BMC rider Cadel Evans won the 2011 Tour de France. For 2012 the team signed Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert, the 2010 and 2012 world-champions respectively.

In 2012, Evans was unable to defend his title at the Tour de France, finishing in seventh overall, two places behind teammate Tejay van Garderen.

Cadel Evans placed third overall at the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

At the 2013 Tour de France, Cadel Evans finished 39th, Tejay van Garderen 45th, with Steve Morabito the highest placed overall at 35th. Shortly after the end of the Tour, it was announced that John Lelangue, who had been directeur sportif since the team was founded in 2007, was leaving the team "for personal reasons".[2] In September 2013 Jim Ochowicz announced the appointment of Valerio Piva as Lelangue's replacement.[3]

For the 2015 season, BMC signed Alessandro De Marchi, Damiano Caruso and Jempy Drucker for the 2015 season[4] The team also announced they had signed Rohan Dennis - his transfer however was effective immediately.[5] Avermaet finished 8th in the World Tour individual classification. Meanwhile, the team won the Team Time Trial World Championship.

For the 2016 season, the team signed Richie Porte.[6][7] He scored podiums at the Tour Down Under and Paris–Nice to finish 7th in the World Tour individual classification, whereas Van Avermaet finished 6th overall after winning the Tirreno–Adriatico and GP de Montréal.

In the 2017 season, Van Avermaet won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem and the Paris–Roubaix, therefore he claimed the first place at the World Tour individual classification. Porte finished 12th overall, having won the Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie. BMC ranked third in the World Tour points classification.

In the 2018 season, Porte won the Tour de Suisse.

In July 2018 the team announced that CCC would become the new title sponsor of the Continuum Sports-owned team, a move that would expand CCC's presence in cycling, with CCC's Professional Continental team, CCC Sprandi Polkowice, stepping down to the Continental level for the 2019 season as CCC Development Team. Van Avermaet will continue as leader, whereas Porte is expected to leave the team.

Due to a combination of Rein Taaramäe and Odd Christian Eiking being successful in breakaway attempts the team held the red jersey for nearly half of the 2021 Vuelta a España.[8]

Ownership[edit]

The team was owned by Swiss businessman Andy Rihs until his death.[9] After his death the team passed to Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott.

In September 2020 CCC Team's licence holder Continuum Sports was sold to Belgian ProTeam Circus–Wanty Gobert.[10]

Doping[edit]

In April 2010, Thomas Frei tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), Frei was immediately withdrawn from racing by the team.[11] Frei was later sacked by the team.[12]

In August 2017, the UCI confirmed that Samuel Sanchez had returned a positive out of competition drug test for GHRP-2 (Pralmorelin).[13] He was immediately suspended by the team pending analysis of his B-sample.[14]

In February 2019, Kronen Zeitung broke news that a number of professional cyclists had been implicated in the doping scandal uncovered at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Later, Stefan Denifl confessed to blood doping in a police interview.[15] Denifl had been due to join CCC Team in 2019 but his contract was terminated at Denifl's request in December 2018.[16] CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz confirmed that the team's medical assessment of Denifl's biological passport showed no warning signs of blood doping.[17]

Team roster[edit]

As of 6 August 2021.[18][19][20]
Rider Date of birth
 Jan Bakelants (BEL) (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 35)
 Jérémy Bellicaud (FRA) (1998-06-08) 8 June 1998 (age 23)
 Aimé De Gendt (BEL) (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 27)
 Jasper De Plus (BEL) (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 24)
 Ludwig De Winter (BEL) (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 28)
 Théo Delacroix (FRA) (1999-02-21) 21 February 1999 (age 22)
 Tom Devriendt (BEL) (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 29)
 Odd Christian Eiking (NOR) (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 (age 26)
 Alex Evans (AUS) (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 24)
 Biniam Ghirmay (ERI) (2000-04-02)2 April 2000 (aged 20)
 Quinten Hermans (BEL) (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 26)
 Jan Hirt (CZE) (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 30)
 Jonas Koch (GER) (1993-06-25) 25 June 1993 (age 28)
 Wesley Kreder (NED) (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 30)
 Maurits Lammertink (NED) (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 31)
Rider Date of birth
 Louis Meintjes (RSA) (1992-02-21) 21 February 1992 (age 29)
 Riccardo Minali (ITA) (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 26)
 Andrea Pasqualon (ITA) (1988-01-02) 2 January 1988 (age 33)
 Simone Petilli (ITA) (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28)
 Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) (1988-09-28) 28 September 1988 (age 32)
 Lorenzo Rota (ITA) (1995-05-23) 23 May 1995 (age 26)
 Rein Taaramäe (EST) (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 34)
 Taco van der Hoorn (NED) (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 27)
 Corné van Kessel (NED) (1991-08-07) 7 August 1991 (age 30)
 Kevin Van Melsen (BEL) (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 34)
 Boy van Poppel (NED) (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 33)
 Danny van Poppel (NED) (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 28)
 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL) (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 34)
 Loïc Vliegen (BEL) (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 27)
 Georg Zimmermann (GER) (1997-10-11) 11 October 1997 (age 23)

Major wins[edit]

National and world champions[edit]

2011
MaillotNoruega.PNG Norway Road Race, Alexander Kristoff
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Martin Kohler
2012
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Martin Kohler
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race, Philippe Gilbert
2013
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian Road Race, Ivan Santaromita
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian Time Trial, Marco Pinotti
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Michael Schär
MaillotNoruega.PNG Norway Road Race, Thor Hushovd
2014
MaillotUSA.PNG USA Time Trial, Taylor Phinney
MaillotSlovakia.svg Slovakia Time Trial, Peter Velits
2015
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Individual pursuit), Stefan Küng
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Silvan Dillier
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Danilo Wyss
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Track (Individual pursuit), Stefan Küng
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Track (Points race), Stefan Küng
2016
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
MaillotUSA.PNG USA Time Trial, Taylor Phinney
Jersey italianflag.svg Italian Time Trial, Manuel Quinziato
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium Road Race Championships, Philippe Gilbert
2017
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race, Miles Scotson
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg Time Trial, Jempy Drucker
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Stefan Küng
MaillotUSA.PNG USA Time Trial, Joey Rosskopf
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Silvan Dillier
2018
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
MaillotUSA.PNG USA Time Trial, Joey Rosskopf
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Stefan Küng
Jersey rainbow.svg World Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
2019
MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG New Zealand Time Trial, Patrick Bevin
MaillotPolonia.PNG Poland Road Race, Michal Paluta
2020
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Republic Time Trial, Josef Černý
MaillotPolonia.PNG Poland Time Trial, Kamil Gradek
2021
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Time Trial, Rein Taaramäe

Sponsors[edit]

In 2019, besides CCC, notable sponsors include Giant, and Etxeondo.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Circus-Wanty-Gobert Will Take Over CCC's Worldtour License". CyclingTips. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Directeur sportif John Lelangue leaves BMC Racing". 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ "BMC Racing Team Hires Piva As Sports Director". BMC Racing Team. September 2, 2013. Archived from the original on February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Professional cycling 2014-2015 Transfer Index - Cycling Weekly". 7 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Rohan Dennis switches from Garmin to BMC mid-season - Cycling Weekly". 4 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Richie Porte confirms he will leave Team Sky at end of cycling season". theguardian.com. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Porte confirmed with BMC for 2016 - Cyclingnews.com".
  8. ^ "Odd Christian Eiking I'm Not Giving Away the Vuelta a España Lead For Free". Cycling News by Alisdair Fotheringham. 31 August 2021.
  9. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bmc-racing-owner-andy-rihs-dies-aged-75/
  10. ^ https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/ccc-team-sells-worldtour-licence-to-circus-wanty-gobert-470908
  11. ^ "Frei explains the motivation behind his doping - Cyclingnews.com".
  12. ^ "Frei confesses to EPO usage and is released by BMC - Cyclingnews.com".
  13. ^ "Samuel Sanchez tests positive in out-of-competition control - Cyclingnews.com".
  14. ^ "Samuel Sanchez: Test result was a total surprise - Cyclingnews.com".
  15. ^ "Denifl confesses to blood doping in police interview".
  16. ^ "CCC Team and Stefan Denifl Dissolve Contract - CCC Team".
  17. ^ "Ochowicz: No red flags in Denifl's biological passport".
  18. ^ "Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Riccardo Minali promoveert dankzij Intermarché-Wanty Gobert weer naar WorldTour" [Riccardo Minali is promoted to WorldTour again thanks to Intermarché-Wanty Gobert]. Sporza (in Dutch). Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  20. ^ de Kort, Léon (16 December 2020). "Taco van der Hoorn blijft alsnog renner in WorldTour" [Taco van der Hoorn will still remain a rider in WorldTour]. De Telegraaf (in Dutch). Mediahuis. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  21. ^ "Partners". BMC. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-07-16.

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