Jumbo-Visma sets goals for 2019: Primoz Roglic to fight for Pink Jersey and Steven Kruijswijk for Tour de France podium
Dec 22 2018 01:32 am CET

Jumbo-Visma sets goals for 2019: Primoz Roglic to fight for Pink Jersey and Steven Kruijswijk for Tour de France podium
Jumbo-Visma sets goals for 2019: Primoz Roglic to fight for Pink Jersey and Steven Kruijswijk for Tour de France podium
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Jumbo-Visma has set its objectives for the 2019 season. Primoz Roglic will fight for the Pink Jersey at the Giro d'Italia while Steven Kruijswijk will do it for the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France.

In a joint event, the cycling and speed skating teams of Jumbo-Visma have been presented in the Netherlands. There, new exciting signings like Wout van Aert and Tony Martin sported their new colours and the goals of the team for the upcoming season were discussed.

The Dutch team will aim again for at least thirty victories after a successful stage in which it won 33 races. The team will also aim for more 'qualitative' big wins, including a podium place in a grand tour and a good performance in the spring classics with Van Aert.

Jumbo-Visma confirmed that Roglic, who finished in the fourth position at the 2018 Tour de France, will lead the team at the Giro d'Italia and then will support Kruijswijk at the French grand tour.

"As soon as we know the starting list, there will undoubtedly be four or five riders who can win the pink jersey," said Sports Director Merijn Zeeman. "We believe Primoz can do the same. This influences our entire organisation. On all possible levels, we will do everything in our power to support him in the best way we can.

"We will look for the best possible helpers. We will look at the course and at the personalities. For all those riders, the buildup of their season is aimed at being as good as possible in the Giro d'Italia."

Kruijswijk finished fifth at the 2018 edition of the grande boucle and fourth at the Vuelta a España, and will aim in 2019 to get a podium position in a grand tour. "I think that the Tour de France's course suits me well this year", commented the Dutchman. "I'm now looking to take the last step, to get on the podium of a grand tour. That's what I want to go for next year. For me, the podium is the ultimate goal."

Van Aert will continue developing at the team and pay special attention to the Spring Classics. "I would like to develop myself further," the Belgian explained. "I am someone who is always looking for a new challenge. Last year, I rode well in the classics. The hunger for more has become very big."

"In recent years we have been getting better and better at sprinting and the classifications," added Zeeman. "The classics may have been overlooked a bit. There, we didn't have as much quality as we have in sprinting and the classifications. Within our capabilities, we started to work with it.

"In the coming years, it will be one of our main priorities. For this, we have a very young, talented selection. We managed to get some good reinforcements."

Jumbo-Visma's complete roster for the 2019 season:

Primoz Roglic
Bert Jan Lindeman
Koen Bouwman
Pascal Eenkhoorn
Danny van Poppel
George Bennett
Steven Kruijswijk
Tony Martin
Robert Gesink
Paul Martens
Timo Roosen
Dylan Groenewegen
Lennard Hofstede
Jos van Emden
Laurens de Plus
Neilson Powless
Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Tom Leezer
Floris de Tier
Taco van der Hoorn
Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Daan Olivier
Mike Teunissen
Sepp Kuss
Antwan Tolhoek
Wout van Aert
Maarten Wynants




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