24-year-old Herregodts moves up to WorldTour-level, signing with Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux for the next two seasons. Herregodts already recorded three professional victories in his young career. He obtained his first success as a pro by winning the Ronde van Drenthe in October 2021. He started the 2022 season like he ended the previous one by winning the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol. Last Thursday, Herregodts repeated his convincing victory by winning the first stage of the Sazka Tour after spending almost 200 km in the breakaway.

Herregodts also is known for his time trial skills and will represent his country for the second consecutive year at the upcoming European Championships.

Rune Herregodts:

“I’m happy to join Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux from this winter, because I was looking for an environment in which I can continue improving myself. Winning is the ultimate goal of any cyclist, but making progression is my main source of motivation. It is clear that riders become better within Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, which confirms the good functioning and management of the team. I learned from my future teammates that the team works in a professional way and during my first meeting with the direction I got to know more about the particular attention that is being paid to equipment. This is an important factor for me, because I really care about the details. I’m always looking for marginal gains."

"I get my inspiration from podcasts with Taco van der Hoorn for example. During my first two seasons as a pro rider I discovered that I’m able to follow the better riders uphill. But now I’m stepping up to the World Tour, I will have to find out again how I can use my qualities best to maximize my contribution to the team’s goals. It will be an interesting journey and discovery, because my intention is to stay longer than two seasons with the team. One thing is for sure: my love for early breakaways will remain unchanged!”