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Wearing a cycling jersey full of dreams, Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert, Dylan van Baarle, Sepp Kuss, Tiesj Benoot, Christophe Laporte, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Wilco Kelderman will start this Saturday's Tour de France for Team Jumbo-Visma.
This year's Tour de France starts in Spain's Basque Country on 1 July. After last year's successes, ambitions are big again. Sportive director Merijn Zeeman: "We exceeded our wildest dreams last year with six stage victories, the polka dot jersey, and most importantly, the green and yellow jersey. This year we are dreaming big too. Our ambition is to bring the yellow jersey back to Paris. We have a super strong team led by our leader Jonas Vingegaard, and we believe in our plan. Winning the Giro has been a dream come true for us this season. Our riders are prepared for a double at the Tour.”
The eight selected riders will spend three weeks wearing a star-studded cycling jersey called The Vélodrome. The Efteling and AGU worked together to design the Tour shirt, which emphasises the power of dreams. Each jersey features a personalised starry sky symbolising the riders' dreams. To inspire young children to follow their dreams, a storybook called “Look, I can do it!” is available. It tells the story of the Velodrome through text and drawings. The booklet contains a QR code that allows the story to be read aloud in several languages by various Team Jumbo-Visma riders, including Vingegaard and Van Aert.
The booklet is a fantastic method to introduce young children to the Tour de France while also inspiring them. It serves as an example of the strength of dreams and serves as a reminder that nothing is too big to accomplish with dedication and perseverance.
Van Aert, who will also be wearing the Tour jersey, knows the importance of having a dream: "When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional cyclo-cross rider and win a cyclo-cross race in my hometown, just like my heroes. My dream came true in 2016 when I won the Belgian championship in my hometown of Lille. It inspires me to keep dreaming and pursue my goals.”
The reading book and cycling jersey are both on sale. The pre-order period for Team Jumbo-Visma and AGU's Tour de France jersey, on which you could have your dreams printed, was a big success. Thousands of people bought the jersey and had their dream printed as a starry sky on the back. The non-personalised Tour de France jersey for adults and children and the "Look, I can do it!" reading booklet can be ordered from the Team Jumbo-Visma webshop.