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German Linda Riedmann and Swiss Noemi Rüegg will strengthen the Team Jumbo Visma Women selection in 2022. The young talents both sign for two years with the Dutch formation.
The 18-year-old Riedmann, brand new European junior champion, is looking forward to the switch. “It feels like a great opportunity to develop myself and learn from experienced riders. The step to the elite class is a big one, but I am confident that this team can guide me in the right way. It is a very professional environment with a family atmosphere. At the first test training I immediately felt at home and at ease. My recent victory at the EC has given me extra confidence for next season. I am looking forward to being part of the team and competing for victories together.”
The 20-year-old Rüegg comes from cyclocross. This season she finished on the podium among the elite women at the Swiss National Championships and she won the youth classification at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. “It’s a dream come true to ride with this team. I can still learn so much there in terms of race preparation, tactics, nutrition and equipment. I’m going to do everything I can to keep growing and contribute to the team goals. My strength is my punch. I love it when it goes up and down all day. I want to get the best out of myself, keep developing and it would be nice to be able to compete for wins in the World Tour peloton one day.”
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At Team Jumbo-Visma, talent recognition and talent development go hand in hand with top sport. Team manager Esra Tromp is therefore very enthusiastic about the young assets and has great confidence in the development of both riders. “Linda and Noemi are still young, but have enormous potential. The next two years will be about learning. Linda will make the transition from the juniors to the elite peloton next year. That will undoubtedly be a big step and as a team we will guide her carefully. Noemi stood out to us because of her attacking way of racing. Her technical skills from the cross and her guts will take her far in a professional environment. There is still a lot of room for development for both riders. This season we have seen some of our current riders make great strides. We are very proud of that. For Linda and Noemi we see that possibility as well.”