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The coaching staff of Team Jumbo-Visma will be expanded with Arthur van Dongen. The 51-year-old Dutchman worked as sports director at Team Sunweb for the past four seasons. The former rider has an excellent track record at both the highest level and the development level and is known as a passionate and enthusiastic coach. At Team Jumbo-Visma, Van Dongen will meet numerous old acquaintances, such as Grischa Niermann, Sierk-Jan de Haan and Mathieu Heijboer with whom he previously worked together as sports director.
Several riders of his new team Van Dongen already guided before, such as Timo Roosen, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Mike Teunissen, Lennard Hofstede, Antwan Tolhoek and Tom Dumoulin. When Dylan Groenewegen won the Tour of Flanders as an espoir of the Dutch national team, Van Dongen was the coach as well.
“It’s nice to make the switch to Team Jumbo-Visma”, Van Dongen says. “I am happy with the transfer and I am looking forward to working at Team Jumbo-Visma. At Team Sunweb I was able to make the step to the professional level and I perfectly could have stayed longer, but I’ve been offered a challenging opportunity at Team Jumbo-Visma and I am looking forward to taking it.”
The arrival of Van Dongen is not connected to the transfer of Tom Dumoulin, who also exchanges Sunweb for Team Jumbo-Visma.