Tolhoek tenth in opening stage Ruta del Sol
Antwan Tolhoek has finished tenth in the first stage of the Ruta del Sol. The 15...
Reina Anema has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Team Jumbo-Visma, so the 27-year-old speed skater will be part of the team of coach Jac Orie until at least 2023. By signing Anema, the speed skating team of Team Jumbo-Visma will go into the Olympic season with fourteen speed skaters.
Anema, who skated for Team FrySk, had a successful Daikin Dutch Single Distance Championships last season, since she ended up on the podium for the first time in her career. In the ladies' 3,000- and 5,000-meter race she seized silver with a time of 4:04.28 and 7:01.28. One month later, she took a bronze medal at the Daikin Dutch Allround Championships, finishing behind Melissa Wijfje and winner Antoinette de Jong, who will be one of her new teammates at Team Jumbo-Visma.
"I think it's really special that I'll be part of the best speed skating team in the world the upcoming two seasons," Anema said. "We are about to start the important Olympic season, so when Jac called me and asked if I wanted to join the team, I was a little bit surprised, to be honest. At some point, I thought the team wouldn't make any more moves."
"I'm really looking forward to work in such a professional environment. The entire team is ticking like a Swiss watch. My former team, Team FrySk, was like a family, especially because of my special bond with coach Siep (Hoekstra). I was really in the right place, but I couldn't pass up this great opportunity. I showed some good things last season, but I know, I can still perform much better than this. I'll do everything I can to make it happen."
Coach Orie is happy with the signing of Anema at Team Jumbo-Visma. "I'm sure Reina is a great addition to our team. With Antoinette, Carlijn (Achtereekte), Joy (Beune) and Reina, we'll have four female speed skaters, who can compete in the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m. By training with each other, they can improve each other and themselves at the same time. Reina is definitely a great fit for our team when it comes to her speed skating skills."
"The last couple of years, she already showed some great things, but I'm sure she hasn't reached her ceiling yet. Reina can still improve a lot. I look forward to be working together with her the upcoming seasons. As a team, we’ll do everything we can to get the most out of it."
The professional speed skating team of Team Jumbo-Visma consists of fourteen speed skaters going into the Olympic season. Last month, the team already signed Beau Snellink from TalentNED. Tijmen Snel, who started at the Development Team, became the first speed skater to make a move within the team of coach Orie. Kars Jansman signed a new one-year deal with Team Jumbo-Visma, while Hein Otterspeer left the team after seven seasons.
Professional speed skating team
Antoinette de Jong
Reina Anema (new)
Beau Snellink (new)
Dai Dai N'tab
Tijmen Snel (promoted)
Jarle Gerrits (new)
Jordy van Workum
Remo Slotegraaf (new)
Marathon Speed Skating Team
Bart Hoolwerf (new)
Casper de Gier