2024 Edition

Stage won 1
General Ranking 4
Competitors in race 8
Sporting managers : MAASSEN Frans / VAN DONGEN Arthur

The history

The outfit sponsored by Rabobank for years and years, and more recently by the Dutch national lottery, LottoNL, was once seen as a Dutch national team of sorts and as the factory where the country's young talent was forged, but in its incarnation as Jumbo–Visma it morphed into a multinational superpower. In 1996, the bank clad in the orange national colours of the Netherlands took over from the previous sponsors of the teams formed by Jan Raas, including Kwantum-Hallen (starting in 1984, the five-time Amstel Gold Race winner's second-to-last season as a rider), Superconfex (from 1987), Buckler (1990), WordPerfect (1993) and Novell (1995), and threw in its lot with the Tour de France for a long time until it finally threw in the towel in late 2012. Belkin, an American firm specialising in Internet connection devices and networks, stepped in and gave the team a new lease on life in a country passionate about cycling and fiercely loyal to the Tour de France. 

For a long time, the team focused on winning stages with classics specialists, mainly from the Netherlands. It started to pursue loftier goals with the signing of foreign sprinters, climbers and power riders such as Robbie McEwen, Óscar Freire, Michael Rasmussen, Denis Menchov, Juan Manuel Gárate and Luis León Sánchez, a strategy that yielded mixed results, before shifting its attention back to nurturing the rising stars of Dutch cycling. The team failed to tap the full potential of Bauke Mollema, Moreno Hofland and Wilco Kelderman, who left for new opportunities, as did Lars Boom, but not before tasting glory in the cobblestone stage to Arenberg in 2014. Robert Gesink never fully delivered on his promise in the Tour de France despite finishing in sixth place in 2015, right behind the "Big Four" (Froome, Quintana, Nibali and Contador) and Alejandro Valverde.

Meanwhile, Steven Kruijswijk, who came within touching distance of victory in the 2016 Giro, and Primož Roglič have developed into serious contenders and finished fifth and fourth in 2018, one year before Kruijswijk finally took the bottom step of the podium. Six years ago, the Dutchman piled the pressure on Team Sky on the road to the Alpe d'Huez with a daring move on the Col de la Croix de Fer, while Roglič became the first ever Slovenian rider to win a stage in 2017, after crowning the Galibier in first place, and claimed another one in 2018 with an attack on the Aubisque. He then went on to prove in the 2019 Giro (third) and Vuelta (first) that he had what it takes to conquer the yellow jersey, which his teammate Mike Teunissen held for two days in 2019.

Although star signing Tom Dumoulin, the runner-up of the 2018 Tour, has failed to make a real impact, Jumbo–Visma is now putting all its chips on the general classification, leaving Dylan Groenewegen, one of the fastest sprinters on the planet, who took the Champs-Élysées stage in 2017, tasted victory in the cathedral cities of Chartres and Amiens in 2018 and raised his arms in Chalon-sur-Saône in 2019, on the sidelines. Backed by Wout van Aert's immense firepower on all fronts, the team came tantalisingly close to fulfilling its dream of winning the Tour de France in 2020, when Primož Roglič dominated the race for almost three weeks, only to be undone by young countryman Tadej Pogačar in the time trial on the eve of the finish. Despite this crushing blow, the Slovenian soon got back up on his feet to claim his second Vuelta in a row and, following another cruel disappointment in the 2021 Tour, where he got caught in a mass crash in Pontivy, the third.

Despite not even getting a whiff of the yellow jersey, which Tadej Pogačar locked up almost from the start, Jumbo–Visma put in a solid performance in the 2021 Tour: second overall with the Dane Jonas Vingegaard, who had been called in as a replacement for Tom Dumoulin when the Dutchman had put his career on ice for the first time, and four stage wins with Wout van Aert, who excelled on every terrain (in the mountains on the double ascent to the Mont Ventoux, in the time trial to Libourne and in the bunch sprint on the Champs-Élysées). In 2022, even the loss of Roglič to a crash failed to prevent a clean sweep by Jumbo–Visma, with Jonas Vingegaard taking the top step of the podium after the whole team worked to isolate Tadej Pogačar on the Galibier and the Dane delivered the coup de grâce on the Col du Granon, Wout van Aert claiming the green jersey and three stage wins, and the sole French stage win in this edition, courtesy of Christophe Laporte in Cahors, near the end of the Tour.

Vingegaard made it two in a row in the 2023 Tour de France, where he moved into the yellow jersey in stage 6. The Dane was sitting on top of a precarious nine-second lead after the Grand Colombier stage, two thirds into the Tour, when he brought down the hammer to put a whopping seven minutes and a half into his rival, Tadej Pogačar, in just 35 km of racing (22 minutes in the time trial from Passy to Combloux and another 13 on the Col de la Loze). His brother in arms Sepp Kuss, sixth overall going into the Combloux time trial, slipped down to twelfth by the time the race rolled into Paris… but he went on to claim the Vuelta and complete an unprecedented triple treble for the team, as the two men escorting him on the podium of the third Grand Tour of the 2023 season were none other than his teammates Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard, the winners of the other two. If there was one bum note in Jumbo–Visma's 2023 Tour de France, it was a frustrating string of near-misses by Wout van Aert, second in San Sebastián and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and third in Limoges and Combloux. To rub salt into the wound, the Belgian had given up on defending his points classification title in order to focus on his work for the yellow jersey.

  • Final victories2
  • Stages victories71
  • Yellows Jerseys61
  • Other race Won0

Overall wins: 2

  • 2022: Jonas Vingegaard
  • 2023: Jonas Vingegaard

Podium finishes: 4

  • 2008: Denis Menchov, third
  • 2019: Steven Kruijswijk, third
  • 2020: Primož Roglič, second
  • 2021: Jonas Vingegaard, second

Stage wins: 71

  • 1984: Jan Raas in Bordeaux
  • 1985: Gerrit Solleveld in Pont-Audemer, Henri Manders in Roubaix, and Maarten Ducrot in Épinal
  • 1986: Ludo Peeters in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët
  • 1987: Jelle Nijdam in Berlin (prologue), Nico Verhoeven in Berlin, Jean-Paul van Poppel in Épinay-sous-Sénart and Avignon, and Rolf Gölz in Blagnac
  • 1988: Jean-Paul van Poppel in Le Mans, Besançon, Bordeaux, and Paris, Jelle Nijdam in Liévin, and Rolf Gölz in Nancy
  • 1989: Jelle Nijdam in Wasquehal and Gap
  • 1990: Frans Maassen in Futuroscope, Gerrit Solleveld in Rouen, and Jelle Nijdam in Épinal
  • 1991: Jelle Nijdam in Valenciennes
  • 1995: Djamolidine Abdoujaparov in Paris
  • 1996: Michael Boogerd in Aix-les-Bains and Rolf Sørensen in Super-Besse
  • 1998: Léon van Bon in Pau
  • 1999: Robbie McEwen in Paris
  • 2000: Léon van Bon in Tours and Erik Dekker in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Revel, and Lausanne
  • 2001: Marc Wauters in Antwerp and Erik Dekker in Pontarlier
  • 2002: Karsten Kroon in Plouay and Michael Boogerd in La Plagne
  • 2005: Peter Weening in Gérardmer and Michael Rasmussen in Mulhouse
  • 2006: Óscar Freire in Caen and Dax, Denis Menchov on Pla de Beret, and Michael Rasmussen at La Toussuire
  • 2007: Michael Rasmussen in Tignes and on the Aubisque
  • 2008: Óscar Freire in Digne-les-Bains
  • 2009: Juan Manuel Gárate on the Mont Ventoux
  • 2011: Luis León Sánchez in Saint-Flour
  • 2012: Luis León Sánchez in Foix
  • 2014: Lars Boom in Arenberg
  • 2017: Primož Roglič in Serre-Chevalier and Dylan Groenewegen in Paris
  • 2018: Dylan Groenewegen in Chartres and Amiens Métropole and Primož Roglič in Laruns
  • 2019: Mike Teunissen in Brussels, team time trial in Brussels, Dylan Groenewegen in Chalon-sur-Saône, and Wout van Aert in Albi
  • 2020: Primož Roglič in Orcières-Merlette and Wout van Aert in Privas and Lavaur
  • 2021: Wout van Aert in Malaucène, Saint-Émilion, and Paris, and Sepp Kuss in Andorra la Vella
  • 2022: Wout van Aert in Calais, Lausanne, and Rocamadour, Jonas Vingegaard on the Col du Granon-Serre Chevalier and Hautacam, and Christophe Laporte in Cahors
  • 2023: Jonas Vingegaard in Combloux

Secondary classification wins: 9

  • 1985: Maarten Ducrot (most combative rider)
  • 1987: Jean-Paul van Poppel (points classification)
  • 2000: Erik Dekker (most combative rider)
  • 2005: Michael Rasmussen (mountains classification)
  • 2006: Michael Rasmussen (mountains classification)
  • 2008: Óscar Freire (points classification)
  • 2022: Wout van Aert (points classification and most combative rider) and Jonas Vingegaard (mountains classification)
  • 2023: Team classification

Yellow jerseys: 61

  • 1984: Ludo Peeters, one day, Jacques Hanegraaf, two days, and Adri van der Poel, one day
  • 1987: Jelle Nijdam, one day
  • 1988: Jelle Nijdam, two days
  • 2001: Marc Wauters, one day
  • 2007: Michael Rasmussen, nine days
  • 2019: Mike Teunissen, two days
  • 2020: Primož Roglič, eleven days
  • 2022: Wout van Aert, four days, and Jonas Vingegaard, eleven days
  • 2023: Jonas Vingegaard, sixteen days

STARTS: 40 (unbroken streak since the creation of Jan Raas's first team in 1984)

A FIGURE
71: The number of stage wins in 40 starts, making it the most successful extant team, which stands in stark contrast with its two overall victories in the two most recent editions.

MILESTONES

  • 5 July 1996: Michael Boogerd, the darling of Dutch cycling, overcomes the torrential rain in Aix-les-Bains to earn Rabobank, the new sponsor, its first Tour de France stage win.
  • 6 September 2020: After becoming the first Slovenian Tour de France stage winner in 2017, Primož Roglič also becomes the first one to wear the yellow jersey.
  • 13 July 2022: Jonas Vingegaard topples Tadej Pogačar on the Col du Granon and soars towards his—and the team's—first GC win.

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