Jumbo-Visma team boss Richard Plugge does not expect Tom Dumoulin's arrival to lead to crooked faces. According to the manager, everyone in his team sees the positive.
Earlier on Monday, Jumbo-Visma confirmed the recruitment of Dumoulin, who had his contract with Team Sunweb dissolved. With Primoz Roglic, Steven Kruijswijk and George Bennett, the Dutch formation already has good climbers.
"It is important that the average level of the team goes up to actually be able to participate in the victory. That it is not lucky, but structural," says Plugge at the NOS about the arrival of Dumoulin.
"The other boys - Primoz and Steven, but also George - are well aware that if you have a very strong fellow leader, their chances in the Giro, Vuelta and Tour, for example, will only increase."
The 49-year-old Plugge also looks beyond the three major rounds. "There are about ten big rounds in which we start. They cannot all win. There must be a division anyway. And they understand that too."
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"This is a milestone for us"
Plugge is aware that capturing Dumoulin, the Giro winner two years ago, is not just something. "This is a milestone and a huge step in our existence," said the team boss.
"We already have a very nice team and have gone up step by step in recent years. Kruijswijk, Roglic and Bennett have made enormous progress and also show that we can take part in the podium in the big rounds. Dumoulin will soon add a big step forward. "
The 28-year-old Dumoulin, who finished second in both the Giro and the Tour last year, is experiencing a disastrous season. A fall in the Critérium du Dauphiné cost him participation in the Tour, the Vuelta and the World Championship on the road.
As a Sunweb rider, the Limburger not only won the Giro, but also became world champion time trial.
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