The Jumbo-Visma Team Sets Sights on 2024 Season After Historic 2023
The Jumbo-Visma team is already planning for the future following their remarkable achievements in 2023, where they secured victories in all three grand tours. Primoz Roglic triumphed in the Giro d’Italia, Jonas Vingegaard conquered the Tour de France, and Sepp Kuss emerged victorious in the Vuelta a España. However, replicating this feat in the upcoming season seems even more challenging as the team recently confirmed Roglic’s departure to Bora-Hansgrohe.
The Challenge of Roglic’s Departure
Merijn Zeeman, the team’s sports director, discussed how Jumbo-Visma plans to cope with Roglic’s absence in a recent episode of the ‘Open Viezer’ podcast. Zeeman admitted that achieving the grand tour triple crown without the Slovenian rider would be more difficult and ruled out the team’s chances of winning the next Giro d’Italia. He stated, “This year, we separated Roglic and Vingegaard’s race calendars, and now that we know Roglic won’t be with us next year, we will send our young cyclists to the Giro d’Italia to gain experience. While a top ten finish would be a great result, winning with these riders is not realistic.”
The Search for Roglic’s Successor
Roglic’s departure also poses a dilemma for Zeeman in terms of finding a suitable replacement from within the team or scouting young talents from the peloton. Zeeman emphasized, “Winning a grand tour with a successor to Roglic depends on the quality of the replacement. It is possible that we already have a solution within our current roster, with a cyclist possessing the necessary qualities. Alternatively, we may consider signing a promising young talent who can achieve this feat in the coming years.” Meanwhile, Jumbo-Visma is actively searching for potential candidates to fill the void left by Roglic’s departure.
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