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How Visma supports the unsung heroes of cycling

The world of top cycling is rapidly evolving. In the chaos of a race, it’s the mechanics who are the anchors, ensuring the riders can perform their best. As title sponsor of Team Jumbo-Visma, how can Visma use its business expertise to make sure the team has the most talented mechanics?

A mechanic works on a bicycle in the sunlight in front of the Team Jumbo-Visma bus.

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Since 2019, Visma has been the proud title sponsor of Team Jumbo-Visma. Together we share the same intrinsic drive: to win together.

Riders must constantly perform on the edge of the impossible. They work against the clock, against the mountain, against others and against themselves. They must make every second count, with the difference between winning and losing often coming down to a fraction of a second. The better insights, balance, and control they have, the more efficient they can be. Less resistance equals more confidence.

While the riders are the ones out on the road, everyone contributes: the administration, the developers, the managers, the mechanics — the list goes on.

At Visma, we help the team with support on a business-critical level. We work behind the scenes, making sure the team works as efficiently as possible, by providing technology that solves complex challenges and optimises performance. Whether helping the team run financial processes, sign contracts, manage business leads and contacts, or analyse data for insights, we help Team Jumbo-Visma perform their best through excellent cloud software.

That’s why we support the team with a truly first-of-its-kind recruitment campaign, helping them find The Next Top Mechanic.

About the campaign

The Next Top Mechanic will be a global search for the next mechanic talent who can take Team Jumbo-Visma to the next level. The program will be kicked off with an audition to generate awareness for the job of mechanic and to attract new talent to the world of cycling.

After a first screening round based on experience and resumé, four applicants will be invited to the Team Jumbo-Visma HQ in the Netherlands for the definitive selection, featuring a combination of spectacular challenges. Cycling fans will have the opportunity to follow this unique talent show online via three video episodes.

The audition will end with the winner signing a one-year contract with Team Jumbo-Visma. This person will get to put their proven skills to work, preparing bicycles and supporting the likes of Primož Roglič, Wout van Aert, Marianne Vos, Jonas Vingegaard, Tom Dumoulin, Sepp Kuss, Rohan Dennis, and many more riders.

Visma will contribute to the campaign in a number of ways, in particular by automating the application process and evaluation of candidates, and by providing the digital signature solutions the team will use to sign the four candidates and the final winner.

The metaphor of the mechanic working behind the scenes to streamline performance is a role Visma strongly identifies with in its role as a trusted provider of cloud software solutions. Simplifying core activities is what drives Visma’s employees on a daily basis. It’s therefore a natural fit that we work together with Team Jumbo-Visma to find The Next Top Mechanic and help generate awareness and appreciation for the job that mechanics are doing every day.

Richard Plugge, General Manager of Team Jumbo-Visma, had this to say:

The world is constantly watching how our riders perform, but at Team Jumbo-Visma every staff member plays a key role in our riders’ success. That is why we are so happy to get Visma’s support to run this exciting recruitment campaign and find a new top mechanic for the team. We value the role of Visma and this campaign emphasises our partnership to truly win together.

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