Jumbo-Visma announces where its star riders will race this season
Jumbo-Visma has unveiled the plans of its marquee riders for the 2021 season, announcing its Giro d’Italia and Tour de France rosters, the return schedule of Dylan Groenewegen following his suspension, and the main targets of Marianne Vos as she takes on her first year with the squad.
As had been the original plan for 2020, Jumbo-Visma starts the year with the intention of sending all three of Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, and Steven Kruijswijk to this year’s Tour de France. Kruijswijk did not ultimately start last year’s race after suffering an injury in a crash, while Roglic and Dumoulin did, going on to finish second and seventh, respectively.
The team’s Friday announcement confirmed what has previously been reported, that it plans to send the full trio again this year, alongside Sepp Kuss, Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Tony Martin, and Robert Gesink.
George Bennett will lead the way for the squad at the Giro d’Italia, with a roster that also includes Edoardo Affini, Koen Bouwman, David Dekker, Tobias Foss, Jos van Emden, Chris Harper, and Paul Martens.
Later in the year, Kruijswijk also has the Vuelta a España on his provisional calendar.
In addition to his Tour plans, Van Aert has big goals in the Classics. His one-day campaign starts with Strade Bianche, and after he takes on Tirreno-Adriatico, he will head to Milan-San Remo, E3, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix this Classics season.
Dylan Groenewegen, who received a suspension from the UCI that runs until May 7 for causing the crash in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland that left Fabio Jakobsen seriously injured, is set to return to competition at the Tour de Hongrie. He will follow up that start with a visit to the Tour of Norway and then a number of one-day and one-week events. At the moment, there are no Grand Tours on his 2021 racing calendar.
In her first season with her new team – and the first season of the new Jumbo-Visma women’s squad itself – Marianne Vos will be focused squarely on one-day racing goals. Major objectives on her 2021 calendar include the Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tokyo Olympics, and the World Championships.