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From 2021, Team Jumbo-Visma will start its own women’s professional and development cycling teams. The expansion of the team is being supported by its main sponsors Jumbo and Visma, as well as Parkhotel Valkenburg 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 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)
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.”
The women’s team will fully integrate in the existing organisation, the current cycling teams and speed skating teams.