Wanty-Groupe Gobert wins the UCI Europe Tour

Wanty-Groupe Gobert wins this season the UCI Europe Tour – ranking.After a second place two years ago, the Belgian pro-continental team confirms its progression. With 3015 points Wanty-Groupe Gobert is the best European team of the year, a great satisfaction for team manager Jean-François Bourlart.

“We are pleased to see that our team continues to grow up. In 2016 we achieved 12 wins with seven different riders. One of those victories was the Amstel Gold Race. The Europe Tour is the icing on the cake. It was an exceptional season and we congratulate all the riders and staff for the regularity during the eight-month competition”, he explains.

The team was also faced with the horrible news of Antoine Demoitié’s tragic death. “It took a lot of courage and strength, after the death of Antoine, to focus again on cycling. We will continue to ride the next seasons for Antoine, his wife Astrid and his family”, sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren states.

The season 2016 is over, now towards 2017, an important year for Wanty-Groupe Gobert which wants to continue its momentum and to take part in its first Grand Tour. “Some riders will leave for other teams, others will strengthen our roster but we will maintain the same familial atmosphere, solidarity and winning mentality”, Jean-François Bourlart concludes.

Ranking – UCI Europe Tour

1    WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT    Belgium    WGG         3015
2    DIRECT ENERGIE    France    DEN         2966
3    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS    France    COF         2953
4    CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA    Spain    CJR         2683
5    WALLONIE BRUXELLES – GROUP PROTECT    Belgium    WBC         2469
6    BARDIANI CSF    Italy    BAR         2244
7    VERANDA’S WILLEMS CYCLING TEAM    Belgium    VWT         2201
8    ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC    Italy    AND         2109
9    TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE    Belgium    TSV         2038
10  BORA-ARGON 18    Germany    BOA         1930