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Team Jumbo-Visma Women invests in future with young Dutch new riders

Team Jumbo-Visma Women invests in future with young Dutch new riders

Team Jumbo-Visma Women is adding three young Dutch riders to the selection in 2023: Nienke Veenhoven, Rosita Reijnhout and Maud Oudeman. This highlights the cycling team's desire to develop young talent as an investment in the future.

Eighteen-year-old Nienke Veenhoven is one of the riders who will debut in Team Jumbo-Visma's jersey in 2023. She was coached by CyclingClassNL during the past year, a separate project of the KNWU, NOC*NSF, and Team Jumbo-Visma that aims to help up-and-coming champions reach the pinnacle of the world stage. "I have learned a lot at CyclingClassNL", Veenhoven states. "Through the way of training, but also in terms of nutrition. You grow as a rider when you get the right guidance."
Veenhoven expects to develop further at Team Jumbo-Visma. "I'd like to learn the best ways to train for and build up to a race. Although I'm new to riding with the elite, I hope to soon establish myself at the front of the pack during sprints or short climbs."

"I hope to soon establish myself at the front of the pack during sprints or short climbs"

Nienke Veenhoven

			© Nienke Veenhoven
© Nienke Veenhoven

Rosita Reijnhout (18) also has a recent history with CyclingClassNL. The Dutch rider rode to 25th place in the U23 category at the World Championships in Australia at the end of September and is proud of her move to Team Jumbo-Visma's women's team.
"I want to develop both mentally and physically. I hope to pick up a lot of knowledge from cyclists with a few years of professional experience. In addition, I want to gradually become a stronger rider. I am confident that I will be successful with the guidance I get here. I hope to make my mark in climbing races, and the Belgian races appeal to me. And I would love to compete in the Giro one day. That is genuinely a dream."

"I would love to compete in the Giro one day. That is genuinely a dream"

Rosita Reijnhout

			© Rosita Reijnhout
© Rosita Reijnhout

Maud Oudeman is already familiar with the highest level of cycling. By finishing first in a Zwift Academy race last year, she was awarded a professional contract with Canyon/SRAM. Oudeman outperformed 31,000 female competitors. The rider, only 19 years old, will soon join Team Jumbo-Visma.
"I am looking forward to it. The motto 'winning together' suits me very well. I particularly like the way Team Jumbo-Visma races because they ride as a team and work well together."
Oudeman views herself as eager to learn and dedicated. "If you give me a task, I will do everything in my power to carry it out to the best of my ability", she says. "In the beginning, I mostly concentrate on the process and hope the results will come shortly after."

"In the beginning, I mostly concentrate on the process and hope the results will come shortly after"

Maud Oudeman

			© Maud Oudeman
© Maud Oudeman

Rutger Tijssen, sports technical manager of Team Jumbo-Visma Women, is enthusiastic about the newcomers. "These talents have proven in the juniors that they can do well across various courses. We considered the team's requirements and made adjustments where necessary. The only expectation we have initially from Nienke, Rosita and Maud is that they will be on a development curve."

Tijssen continued: "They are young girls. That means we will develop a personal plan for them to mature as riders. We will carefully examine the riders' current performance level. After that, we will develop logical next steps. For example, we will determine which training sessions suit them best and which race they will start. We put each athlete along a learning line, if you will, to determine what steps must be taken to advance. For each rider, this is different."

"We will carefully examine the riders' current performance level. After that, we will develop logical next steps"

Sporttechnisch manager Rutger Tijssen

Team manager Esra Tromp is eager to collaborate with the three new riders. "Team Jumbo-Visma believes that success must be earned rather than purchased. We have the necessary personnel, materials, and expertise to allow talent to excel. We must be patient, but I have big hopes for the new girls. We have a solid enough basis to compete in World Tour events and win."

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