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Pozzovivo signs with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

LEUKERBAD SWITZERLAND JUNE 10 Domenico Pozzovivo of Italy and Team Qhubeka Assos during the 84th Tour de Suisse 2021 Stage 5 a 1752km stage from Gstaad to Leukerbad 1385m UCIworldtour tds tourdesuisse on June 10 2021 in Leukerbad Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Domenico Pozzovivo (Image credit: Getty Images)

Domenico Pozzovivo has signed a contract to race with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in 2022. The Italian was left without a team after Qhubeka-NextHash folded following a fruitless search for new financial backers.

Pozzovivo was one of five riders who had multi-year contracts with Qhubeka-NextHash and had hoped the team would find new sponsorship funding for 2022. However, that contract was rescinded upon the teams collapse.

A multiple top-10 finisher at the Giro d’Italia, Pozzovivo, 39, stated that while it would be difficult to find a new team in December, he indicated that he wanted to continue racing in 2022.

"I was really convinced that there was still time to make things right. At the moment I don't really know what to say or what to do," Pozzovivo told La Gazzetta dello Sport in December.

Although there has been no official announcement from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, Pozzovivo's name was added to the team's roster on the UCI website.

A 15-year veteran of the sport, Pozzovivo brings ample experience to the Belgium-registered WorldTour team. He has competed across 21 Grand Tours, finishing six times inside the top-10 in the general classifications - five at the Giro d'Italia (2008, 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018) and once at the Vuelta a España (2013).

The Italian has also secured an overall win, and three stage wins, at the Giro del Trentino, along with third overall at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, and stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de Suisse.

A strong Classics contender, Pozzovivo has finished three times in the top-10 at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and twice at Il Lombardia, adding experience, depth and versatility to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 2022

  • Jan Bakelants
  • Sven Erik Bystrøm
  • Dimitri Claeys
  • Aime de Gendt
  • Tom Devriendt
  • Biniam Girmay
  • Kobe Goossens
  • Quinten Hermans
  • Jan Hirt
  • Laurens Huys
  • Julius Johansen
  • Alexander Kristoff
  • Louis Meintjes
  • Andrea Pasqualon
  • Barnabás Peák
  • Simone Petilli
  • Adrien Petit
  • Baptiste Planckaert
  • Domenico Pozzovivo (As of 2/14/22)
  • Lorenzo Rota
  • Rein Taaramäe
  • Gerben Thijssen
  • Taco van der Hoorn
  • Corné van Kessel
  • Kevin van Melsen
  • Boy van Poppel
  • Loïc Vliegen
  • Georg Zimmermann

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Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.