Team Jumbo-Visma starts women’s team in 2021
From 2021, Team Jumbo-Visma will start its own women’s cycling team. With this, Team Jumbo-Visma is taking the next step in the development of the team. The team also has a World Tour formation and a Development Team. The expansion with Team Jumbo-Visma Women was realised in collaboration with main sponsors Jumbo and Visma. Parkhotel Valkenburg is also committed to the new women’s team.
Team manager Richard Plugge has had the ambition to start a women’s team for some time. “The time is ripe to get started. It is fantastic to be able to make a major contribution to national and international women’s cycling through your own women’s team. With the arrival of this women’s team, we complete Team Jumbo-Visma, embracing talent recognition, development and top sport at the highest level. In addition, it is fantastic that we can also offer young girls perspective for the long term within our Academy model”, Plugge said.
The team will be led by Esra Tromp, former team manager of the Parkhotel Valkenburg women’s team. Tromp looks forward to the coming years with this team with great confidence. “The goal of the team is to build the best women’s team in the world so I happily jumped at the opportunity. The team consists of talent and experience and has a very nice balance. We will make a major contribution to women’s cycling with the knowledge and experience available within this organisation.”
In addition to Tromp, Team Jumbo-Visma is collaborating with Marco Postma, former coach at Cycling Academy Gelderland and the Dutch cycling federation, among others, and the Belgian Lieselot Decroix, ex-professional cyclist and movement scientist. They will both work as race coach. Former professional cyclist Marieke van Wanroij, also coming from Parkhotel Valkenburg, takes the role of performance coach.
Team Jumbo-Visma Women will start under a continental license in 2021, as UCI regulations do not allow a new team to enter the Women’s World Tour directly. The team, the riders and the sponsors have confidence in a great program for 2021, including all the important races.
In line with the philosophy of the organisation, the team will strive for growth and development in order to lift the team to great heights together. The team will consist of the following twelve riders: Marianne Vos (NED), Jip van den Bos (NED), Riejanne Markus (NED), Anouska Koster (NED), Nancy van der Burg (NED), Romy Kasper (GER), Aafke Soet (NED), Teuntje Beekhuis (NED), Julie van de Velde (BEL), Pernille Mathiesen (DEN), Karlijn Swinkels (NED) and Anna Henderson (GBR).
Multiple world champion Marianne Vos is one of the big names of the new team. “I am proud to be part of Team Jumbo-Visma. The vision and ambition of the team appeals to me and I look forward to starting together.”
Women’s cycling is on the rise and the intention is to accelerate this, together with main sponsors Jumbo and Visma and the other partners behind it. The women’s team will fully integrate in the existing organisation, the current cycling teams and speed skating teams, where sharing knowledge is also of unique value. One team where all guidance, knowledge and facilities are the same for both men and women. Team Jumbo-Visma is one.
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