News 29.07.2019

Tour de France: A full team in Paris

The 106th edition of the Tour de France (2.WT, 6-28/07) was concluded with a traditional 128 kilometer stage from Rambouillet to Paris this Sunday. Yellow jersey and winner of the Tour de France 2019, Egan Bernal, was celebrated with champagne on his way to the French capital. Wanty-Gobert joined the party with a 12th place in the general classification for Guillaume Martin, a 3rd place in the stage to La Planche des belles Filles for Xandro Meurisse and the combativity prize for Aimé De Gendt in the eleventh stage and for Yoann Offredo in the first week.

The last stage victory was decided in a prestigious sprint on the Champs-Elysées after three weeks and 3365.8 kilometer. The four man breakaway couldn't do anything against the power of the peloton. The Australian rider Caleb Ewan took his third stage victory, with Andrea Pasqualon concluding Wanty-Gobert's Tour de France with a 13th place. No time gaps were made, so Guillaume Martin and Xandro Meurisse maintained their 12th and 21st place in the the final general classification. The team arrives for the third time in a row with a full squad in Paris, a goal close to the heart of general manager Jean-François Bourlart.

Andrea Pasqualon: « My sprint was good today, partly thanks to help from Aimé De Gendt and Xandro Meurisse. My feeling was good and I followed a good wheel. I think it's normal to feel tired legs, which is probably the same for all sprinters. Even if I only made it once in the top 10, I am satisfied with my Tour de France, because I was often close, with 11th, 12th and 13th places between the best sprinters in the world. Furthermore, I have good memories of three days in the breakaway, which is not always easy in the Tour de France. Moreover, I contributed to the 3rd place of Xandro on La Planche des Belles Filles and to the 12th place of Guillaume in the general classification. I'm very happy that both managed to keep their 21st and 12th position in GC, a good accomplishment for a team like ours! »

Jean-François Bourlart: « We had an exceptional Tour de France, with a Grand Départ in Belgium where we wanted to show a positive image of our project. We showed our jersey by joining breakaways in the previous years. But this year we also battled with the best in difficult stages, the 3rd place of Xandro Meurisse on La Planche des Belles Filles for example. There, one of the revelations of the Tour de France 2019 has shown a part of his potential. He ends 21st in the general classification and first Belgian rider. Furthermore, the 12th place of Guillaume Martin is a fantastic accomplishment. Hilaire Van der Schueren told me this was the best car number entering the Champs-Elysées since the start of his career. This number represents the best rider of the team, Guillaume Martin, and this is exceptional for a team like Wanty-Gobert. We showed ASO that they were right to give us their confidence, that we deserved it, and that we want to come back! »


Stage 21 :

1. Caleb Ewan

2. Dylan Groenewegen

3. Niccolò Bonifazio

13. Andrea Pasqualon

22. Guillaume Martin

24. Frederik Backaert

34. Xandro Meurisse

64. Aimé De Gendt


General classification:

1. Egan Bernal

2. Geraint Thomas +1:11

3. Steven Kruiswijk +1:31

12. Guillaume Martin +22:08

21. Xandro Meurisse +56:47

88. Andrea Pasqualon +2h53:25

111. Odd Eiking +3h19:58

120. Frederik Backaert +3h34:00

136. Aimé De Gendt +3h57:05

138. Kévin Van Melsen +4h00:20

154. Yoann Offredo +4h31:43