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Christophe Laporte has signed a three-year contract extension. The winner of Ghent-Wevelgem will stay with Team Jumbo-Visma through the end of 2026.
The 30-year-old Frenchman joined Team Jumbo-Visma in 2022. He immediately won stages in Paris-Nice, the Tour de France, and the Tour of Denmark. He also won Binche-Chimay-Binche. This season, he has maintained his momentum by winning the classics of Ghent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen.
“I feel great here”, Laporte says. “This team works in an extremely professional way, but at the same time, it feels very familiar. From the first day I arrived, there was a lot of trust in the team. I thank everyone, the staff and the riders, for that. I am still learning every day, and I want to advance with the team. I know that if I stay here, I can reach my potential.”
Team Jumbo-Visma is, of course, also pleased with Laporte’s extended stay. “Christophe joined the team last year to strengthen the classics team”, sports director Merijn Zeeman explains. “His arrival proved to be a success, and in a year and a half, he has gained the leader status. In addition, Laporte plays a crucial supporting role for Wout van Aert in the classics and for the GC riders in the grand tours. We are also convinced that he still has room to grow.”
“There was a lot of competition from other teams to sign him”, Zeeman continues. “But Christophe consciously decided to stay longer because of who we are and how we work. I take that as a huge compliment.”