Dennis's time at Team Jumbo-Visma in photos
The cycling season is over, which means that Rohan Dennis has officially started...
On Saturday, the Grande Partenza of the 106th Giro d'Italia will take place in Fossacesia Marina. Since 2013, the team has finished in the top ten six times and won seven stages. With the start in sight, we look back at Team Jumbo-Visma's most memorable moments in the Giro!
In 2016, Apeldoorn hosted the start of the 100th edition of the Tour of Italy. The Giro was a major target for Steven Kruijswijk, who finished seventh in 2015. Kruijswijk had a smooth first week and remained in the top five after stage four. On stage 14, he took the pink leader's jersey after overtaking favourite Vincenzo Nibali on the Passo Valparola.
In the following stages, he systematically extended his lead. With a three-minute advantage over Esteban Chaves, who finished second in the general classification, the Dutchman headed into the penultimate mountain stage between Pinerolo and Risoul. The overall victory was within reach, but a crash ended that. Kruijswijk finished fourth in the Giro after three brilliant weeks.
In 2016 and 2017, the team recorded time trial victories thanks to Primoz Roglic and Jos van Emden. On 15 May 2016, Roglic finished first in the 40-kilometre time trial from Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti. Jos van Emden and Maarten Tjallingii made the stage's outcome even better for the team, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. It was the Slovenian's first victory in a grand tour. Earlier, he had narrowly missed out on victory in the opening time trial, coming within seconds of eventual GC winner Tom Dumoulin.
A year later, on 28 May 2017, Jos van Emden raced to victory in the final time trial of the 100th edition of the Tour of Italy. Van Emden was 15 seconds faster than eventual winner Tom Dumoulin between the Monza circuit and the finish in Milan.
The Dutchman already reflected on his victory in 2018:
On 9 May 2018, LottoNL-Jumbo rider Enrico Battaglin sprinted to victory in the fifth stage. He beat the likes of Giovanni Visconti and Simon Yates in a sprint after the climb to Santa Ninfa. It was his third stage win in as many Giro appearances. The Italian defended the yellow and black jersey from 2016 to 2018.
In 2019, Primoz Roglic finally broke through as a grand tour rider. Before the start of the 102nd Tour of Italy, the then 29-year-old Slovenian had already won the final classification at the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Romandie. The Giro started perfectly for Roglic. In the opening eight-kilometre time trial between Bologna and Madonna di San Luca, he left Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali in his wake. This made him the proud owner of the first pink jersey, which he wore for five days.
On the ninth day, there was another chance for the time trial specialists. On a wet circuit between Riccione and San Marino, Roglic was again the fastest over 35 kilometres. His victory on the second stage put him back in the top three of the general classification.
It was only after the penultimate stage, which finished on Monte Avena that Roglic dropped out of the top three. He started the final time trial in Verona in fourth place, 23 seconds behind Mikel Landa. The Slovenian was 31 seconds faster than his nearest rival. This performance secured him another place in the top three behind winner Richard Carapaz and Vincenzo Nibali. It was the first of many podium finishes for "Rogla" in a grand tour.
Finally, we look back at the most recent Tour of Italy. After Koen Bouwman finished 12th in the general classification in 2021, the 29-year-old Dutchman became the king of the mountains and a two-time stage winner in the 2022 Giro.
Bouwman sprinted to his first grand tour stage win in stage seven. He was fastest in the sprint in Potenza with breakaway companions Bauke Mollema and Davide Formolo. His teammate Tom Dumoulin finished fourth after an excellent preparation. Bouwman's stage win also made him the leader of the mountain classification.
Bouwman also celebrated a stage win on stage 19. On the mountaintop finish in Santuario di Castelmonte, he held off escape companions Mauro Schmidt and Alessandro Tonelli. With a commanding lead, the Dutchman won his second stage and took home the blue "maglia azzurra”.