Dutch Team Jumbo-Visma Plans for 2021
Jumbo-Visma announced the plans of its riders for the 2021 season, revealing its rosters for the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, Dylan Groenewegen’s return schedule following his suspension, and Marianne Vos’ key goals as she begins her first year with the team.
Jumbo-Visma begins the year with the goal of sending all three of Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, and Steven Kruijswijk to the Tour de France this year, as the original plan for 2020 had been. After sustaining an injury in a crash, Kruijswijk eventually did not start last year’s rally, while Roglic and Dumoulin did, going on to finish second and seventh, respectively.
The team’s announcement on Friday confirmed what has been previously stated that, alongside Sepp Kuss, Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Tony Martin and Robert Gesink, they are preparing to send the full trio again this year.
With a roster that also includes Edoardo Affini, Koen Bouwman, David Dekker, Tobias Foss, Jos van Emden, Chris Harper, and Paul Martens, George Bennett will lead the way for the squad in the Giro d’Italia.
Kruijswijk already has the Vuelta a España on his preliminary calendar later in the year.
Van Aert has major ambitions in the Classics in addition to his Tour plans. His one-day campaign begins with Strade Bianche, and this Classics season, he’ll head to Milan-San Remo, E3, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix after taking on Tirreno-Adriatico.
Dylan Groenewegen, who has been suspended from the UCI until 7 May for causing a crash in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland that seriously injured Fabio Jakobsen, is set to return to the Tour of Hungary to participate. That will be followed up by a visit to the Norway Tour and then a variety of one-day and one-week activities. There are no Grand Tours on his racing schedule for 2021 at the moment.
Marianne Vos will concentrate firmly on one-day racing goals in her first season with her new team, and the first season of the new Jumbo-Visma women’s squad itself. The Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tokyo Olympics, and the World Championships are big targets on her 2021 calendar.