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Primoz Roglic will continue to ride for Team Jumbo-Visma in the coming four seasons. The one-year rolling contract has been extended until the end of 2023. The 29-year-old Slovenian, who is currently in the lead in the Vuelta a España, says he feels at home in the team of CEO Richard Plugge. In a video on Team Jumbo-Visma's channel, Roglic's contract extension was announced with the cooperation of PSV Eindhoven director Toon Gerbrands, multiple world darts champion Michael van Gerwen, Barcelona FC football player Frenkie de Jong and Dutch singer Jan Smit. With a nod to his much-discussed ski jumping history, they check with Plugge that the successful rider cannot be tempted to switch to another kind of sport. Plugge responds to this by retaining Roglic for the next four years.
“I like the way this team works. I am enjoying being part of it," Roglic said. "It's all about collaboration. Together we can achieve great goals. As a cyclist, I entered this team as a relative beginner and I have developed with the help of the team. I received opportunities and support. It all went quickly. For me, but also for the team. We have now reached a nice level together and I really believe that we can achieve even more. I have won some races in recent years, but you always aim for more and for the highest.
"We are still improving and our best has not yet been reached. The team and I have brought each other to a higher level and that really gives me a feeling of connection. We want to get the best out of me, but also out of the team. Only then will we see how far we can really get. We insist on growth and development. We will continue to invest energy in this, even if it is a process of years."
Roglic did not hesitate when he was offered a contract extension. "No. Why? I am happy with the role I have. The most important argument for staying is that I get opportunities here. I like to win. I have that option within this team. So I didn't have to think about it for long. I feel at home here, so why not? I hope to bring motivation and inspiration within the team, so that we can continue to fight together to be the best."
Merijn Zeeman, sportive director of Team Jumbo-Visma, underlines Roglic’ words. “We are proud and happy that Primoz will stay with our team. It is a reward for all the hard work of many people in recent years. Primoz has developed enormously in recent years as a person and as an athlete, just like the team. In the coming years we will continue to jointly focus on growing and getting better in all possible areas.”