Here is a recap of the year, broken down by each month:
New riders on Team Jumbo-Visma
In January, the team grew bigger with seven new riders: Wout van Aert, Lennard Hofstede, Tony Martin, Laurens De Plus, Mike Teunissen, Jonas Vingegaard, and Taco van der Hoorn.
Seven new riders, seven different stories – this is why they chose Team Jumbo Visma.
Team Spirit video
We travelled to Alicante to talk with the cyclists about team spirit and expectations for the upcoming season.
First win of the season in Valencia
Dylan Groenewegen sprints to first win for Team Jumbo-Visma in Valencia. Not only was this the 25-year-old sprinter’s first win of the season, but it was also the first win of his team Team Jumbo-Visma.
Impressive win for Team Jumbo-Visma in Team Time Trial UAE Tour
Team Jumbo-Visma won the first stage in the first edition of the UAE Tour in an impressive way. This was the third win of the season for Team Jumbo-Visma. Primoz Roglic was the first to cross the finish line and gets the red leader’s jersey, the points jersey and the sprint jersey. Laurens De Plus was currently the best young rider.
Team leader Roglic says:
“We are very happy to start the season this way. We have a good team here with very strong time trialists, but that is no guarantee to perform well. You also have to show it in the race and that’s what we did. I am glad that all the training we have done is already paying off. It was a fast team time trial and it went very well.
I came first through the last corner and then pulled a sprint. It’s nice to have the leader’s jersey and we certainly have ambitions to win this race. There are still some tough stages coming up, so we take it day by day. But we have an excellent start.”
Roglic wins UAE Tour
Roglic wins UAE Tour. The Slovenian rider of Team Jumbo-Visma was leading the race since day one. His classification was never in danger thanks to impressive teamwork.
Preparing for the Giro d’Italia
Team Jumbo-Visma’s Giro team takes form at Sierra Nevada. Eight riders are preparing for the Giro d’Italia during their high altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada.
Head of Performance, Mathieu Heijboer, says: “We’re all here, the entire Giro team. We find it very important that everyone has the best preparation. We’re really making a plan here.”
Launches Team Jumbo-Visma Talent Academy
Team Jumbo-Visma launches an initiative that aims to get more young people involved in cycling – and to develop talents into successful professional cyclists. Managing director of Team Jumbo-Visma, Richard Plugge, explains:
“We aim to create a sustainable cycling program where we inspire people to join sports and develop talents on their way to the top, contributing to building a healthier and more active society.”
Wins the Hammer Series in Stavanger
Team Jumbo-Visma wins the Hammer Series in Stavanger – the 23rd victory of the season. The team comprised Dylan Groenewegen, Jonas Vingegaard, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Amund Grondahl Jansen and Mike Teunissen, which were really happy to bring home the first race victory from the Hammer Series.
Stage and overall win for Roglic in Romandie
Primoz Roglic extends his title as the overall winner of the Tour de Romandie after being the only one to clock a time under twenty minutes. This is also his third overall victory in a World Tour stage race this season, as he won the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year.
A knee injury forces Daan Olivier to quit pro cycling
Although there were many ups in 2019, there were also some downs.
After the first day of the Tour of the Basque Country, Olivier is forced to immediately end his professional cycling career. The 26-year-old Dutchman has been suffering from a knee injury since a crash last year. On his blog, he writes the following:
“It feels hard and unreal that I am forced to abandon not only the Basque Country race but the race of Professional Cycling. It feels like a dream has fallen to pieces. Cycling has brought me a lot. Those experiences I will never forget, and I am more than grateful that I have been privileged to live this life for almost 11 years.”
Roglic becomes third overall in Giro d’Italia
Primoz Roglic finishes in third place overall in the Giro d’Italia. This is a successful Giro both for Roglic and Team Jumbo-Visma as it ends with two time trial victories and five-days in the maglia rosa.
Jansen takes his first victory as a professional cyclist in ZLM Tour
Amund Grøndahl Jansen wins the third stage in the ZLM Tour after surprising everyone with a late attack and soloed to his first victory as a professional cyclist. Also worth mentioning: His teammate Mike Teunissen won the sprint of the chasing group and finished second. Due to time bonuses, Teunissen increased his leading position in the overall classification. Dylan Groenewegen retains his points jersey.
A couple of days later, at the last stage of the race, Teunissen wins the general classification of the ZLM Tour, and Jansen finishes second.
Team Jumbo-Visma superior in Tour de France Team Time Trial
Team Jumbo-Visma kicks off the Tour de France in the best way: by winning the Team Time Trial after covering the 27.6 kilometres in a time of 28’57, twenty seconds ahead of number two Ineos.
As a result, Mike Teunissen retains his leading position in the overall classification and the team now occupies the first five positions. Teunissen is also in possession of the green points jersey whereas Wout van Aert takes on the white jersey as he now is the leader in the best young rider classification.
Van Aert crashes during Time Trial and Kruisjwijk moves up to third place in TdF
The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma rode an excellent time trial in Pau and deservedly finished in sixth place at 45 seconds from stage winner and overall leader Julian Alaphilippe. In the overall standings, Kruijswijk moves up to the third place at 2.12 of the Frenchman.
Wout van Aert, on the other hand, crashes in the Time Trial and needs an operation – meaning he is out of TdF:
“It hurts that I had to leave the Tour this way. It’s also a big disappointment for the team. Maybe I was in my best shape ever. And maybe I didn’t have the best legs during the time trial, but I was riding very well in the days before. Seeing how the team is performing now, I would have wanted to contribute. It’s very nice to see and follow, but it’s also painful.”
Unique Tour for Team Jumbo-Visma with overall podium and four stage wins
Team Jumbo-Visma ends a very successful Tour de France with four stage wins and the third place overall for Steven Kruijswijk. In the final stage to the Champs Elysees in Paris, Kruijswijk’s third place was never in danger.
Groenewegen pranks Jansen
After becoming a Norwegian road champion, Amund Jansen was surprised by a nice present from Dylan Groenewegen – which wasn’t exactly what he had hoped for.
Signs thirteen talents for a new development team
At the Jumbo headquarters in Veghel, thirteen talented cyclists signed their contracts with the development team of Team Jumbo-Visma.
First Grand Tour win for Team Jumbo-Visma with Roglic’s Vuelta a España’s victory
Primoz Roglic wins the Vuelta a España – becoming the first Slovenian to win a Grand Tour.
Roglic becomes the #1 cyclist in the world after finishing seventh in Lombardia
In his last race of the season, a combative Primoz Roglic has finished seventh in the Giro di Lombardia. After his recent victories in the Vuelta a Espana, the Giro dell’Emilia and the Tre Valli Varesine, the Slovenian rider of Team Jumbo-Visma will conclude his season as the number one rider in the world.
Kruijswijk and Team Jumbo-Visma nominated for best Dutch sportsman and sports team of the year
Steven Kruijswijk has been nominated for Dutch sportsman of the year. Furthermore, the cycling team of Team Jumbo-Visma has been short-listed for the best sports team.
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