JUMBO - VISMA
JUMBO - VISMA
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 current incarnation as Jumbo–Visma it has 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. Three 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 betting 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, to watch the race on TV since last year. Backed by Wout van Aert's immense firepower, 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.
60 : the number of stage wins in 37 consecutive starts since the creation of Jan Raas's first team.
- Final victory0
- Stages victories60
- Yellows Jerseys30
- Other race Won0
Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 3
- 2008: Denis Menchov, third
- 2019: Steven Kruijswijk, third
- 2020: Primož Roglič, second
Stage wins: 60
- 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
Secondary classification wins: 6
- 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)
Yellow jerseys: 30
- 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
- 5 July 1996: Michael Boogerd, the darling of Dutch cycling, overcomes the torrential rain to take Rabobank's first Tour de France stage win in Aix-les-Bains.
- 19 July 2000: Erik Dekker scores an epic hat-trick with his win in Lausanne.
- 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.
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