It is I who will stand up and confess what we all know: until this season (and especially thanks to the exploits of Biniam Girmay), Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux was not a team that we excited. What they rode and where they raced did not factor into the club’s race discussions. To put it bluntly, they were kind of a “meh” kind of team.
Then came the 2022 season and with it a good start for the Belgian team. Among others, there was a victory in Ghent-Wevelgem for the promising youngster Girmay, a breakaway victory for the former Alexander Kristoff in Scheldeprijs, and some impressive performances so far at the Giro d’Italia. This is a team that has grown from a once strong, but Belgium-focused Pro Continental team, to a main player in the WorldTour scene.
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at what the team is using for 2022 and ride to victory. Sure, the team kit isn’t the prettiest of the bunch, but the bikes stand out.
Cube is the team’s bike sponsor, a brand we haven’t seen leading the World Tour peloton in, well, ever! But the German powerhouse certainly knows how to put together a well-balanced race bike.
The team races on Cube’s Listening C68x-TE model, an aerodynamic yet lightweight frame. The wheels aren’t the biggest brand – yes, Newman is new to me too – but they seem to tick all the boxes: tubeless, carbon, deep section, and clearly they roll pretty well to victory.
The team, like many of us, is also suffering from a lack of groups lately, or at least the latest models. The old scratched Dura-Ace Di2 9520 takes care of the shifting. But there are also a few interesting treats strewn about the bike. I won’t go into detail here – as always, you’ll need to hit the play button above.
So go ahead, see what I’m talking about and find out what Girmay will undoubtedly win as he races around Italy in the coming weeks.