Tom Dumoulin will start in the Tour de France next year, as will his new teammates Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk. The acquisition of Jumbo-Visma will not participate in the Giro d'Italia for the first time since 2015 and hopes to participate in the Olympic Games.
Dumoulin, who after eight years at Team Sunweb switched to Jumbo-Visma, showed himself for the first time at the team presentation in Amsterdam in the yellow-black of his new team.
"We are going with three leaders to the Tour," said Dumoulin. "We have made clear agreements on that. Even if one person is better than the other two, we will draw the card from the best."
Kruijswijk: "I think it is a great challenge to start with three leaders. But you also need so many strong riders to bring the yellow jersey to Paris. It will be a very nice Tour if we are all three at top level "
With the arrival of the 29-year-old Limburger, Jumbo-Visma now has three leaders who have been on the podium in a big round. Dumoulin won the 2017 Giro and became second in the Giro and the Tour a year later, Kruijswijk finished third in the Tour this year and Roglic won the Vuelta a España in September.
Team boss Richard Plugge made it clear at the start of the presentation that winning the Tour in 2020 is the main goal of Jumbo-Visma. Partly for this reason, Dylan Groenewegen will not start in the Tour de France for the first time since 2015. The top sprinter goes for stage victories in the Giro and Vuelta.
Jumbo-Visma selection in 2020
- Dumoulin, Kruijswijk, Roglic, Bennett, De Plus, Tolhoek, Bouwman, Kuss, Gesink, Van Aert, Vingegaard, Foss, Lindeman, Harper, Hofstede, Groenewegen, Teunissen, Grondahl Jansen, Martin, Eenkhoorn, Van Emden, Van der Hoorn, Leezer, Roosen, Wynants, Pfingsten and Martens
Dumoulin had a breakdown season in 2019
The Giro has been the (first) main target for Dumoulin for the past four years. From 2017, when he was the first Dutchman in Italy to win a big lap since Joop Zoetemelk (Tour of 1980), the time trial driver is fully focused on driving good rankings.
The Dutchman started five times in the Tour (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018). Only at his last participation did he go for the win and then, a few weeks after his second place in the Giro, he finished second in Paris, behind the British Geraint Thomas.
Dumoulin started again in the Tour of Italy last season, but due to a fall, he had to get off in the fifth stage. De Limburger sustained a protracted knee injury, leaving him only to take action in the Critérium du Dauphiné for the remainder of 2019 and to skip the Tour.
249These are the stages of the Tour de France in 2020
Kruijswijk leader in Vuelta
Jumbo-Visma already announced on Tuesday that Kruijswijk will be the leader in the Vuelta a España, which starts on August 14 in Utrecht and lasts until September 6. Countrymen Robert Gesink and Jos van Emden will assist him in any case. Gesink also runs the Tour.
The Giro will be from 9 May to 31 May next year, the Tour will start in Nice on 27 June and end in Paris on 19 July, the Tokyo Road Race on 25 July and the Olympic time trial on 29 July.
Jumbo-Visma had an unprecedentedly successful year in 2019. The formation of team boss Richard Plugge achieved no fewer than 52 victories. Only the Belgian Deceuninck-Quick-Step did better with 69 wins.
In addition to Dumoulin, the yellow-black team also attracted young Norwegian Tobias Foss, Australian Chris Harper and experienced German Christoph Pfingsten. Danny van Poppel, Neilson Powless, Daan Olivier and Floris De Tier left.
See also: The cycling calendar of 2020