Born and raised in the area between Liège and Bastogne, Maxime was destined to be a professional bike rider. Still, the most recent display of his class was not in a hilly Ardennes classic, but his 6th place overall in the 2011 Tour of Spain, an achievement that followed a season at the service of his leaders.
Monfort was drawn to cycling from a young age. He signed his first professional contract in 2004 and found success early by winning the stage 3 and overall at the Tour of Luxembourg that same year. He proved himself to be more varied in his strengths and developed into a solid climber and an excellent time trialist.
Maxime lived up to his early promise: by 2007, he had worked his way up to finishing in 11th place at the Tour of Spain even though he was not riding as his team’s main candidate for victory. In his first Tour de France, in 2008, he took an impressive 22nd place.
Monfort won Belgium individual Time Trial Championships in 2009, proving his ability in the race against the clock. Being of great value for the team in 2012, Maxime Monfort managed to finish 16th in the Tour de France after having finished earlier in the Overall top ten of four other stage races.