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Team Jumbo-Visma has signed the 17-year-old Norwegian talent Jorgen Nordhagen. The Scandinavian rider will wear the Jumbo-Visma Development Team jersey in 2024. A year later, Nordhagen will join the World Tour team. Nordhagen has signed a contract through 2027 with the team of CEO Richard Plugge. He will be a second-year junior next year.
Nordhagen (2005) combines cycling and cross-country skiing. Last year, his cycling accomplishments as a first-year junior included winning a stage in the GP Rüebliland and the Norwegian time trial championship. Nordhagen took first place in two national cross-country skiing competitions in his age group last year. Additionally, he took home the silver medal in the Norwegian championships.
"Based on my first impressions, the team and I have the same mindset"
Nordhagen is very happy with the opportunity he is getting. "Here, I get the time and room to grow as a person and become a pro rider. That has always been my dream, and it will come true in a few years. I'm really looking forward to it. Because I have already decided to transfer to Team Jumbo-Visma after my junior season, I can continue to develop in peace and quiet and focus on my sporting goals. I think the team and I make a strong match because, based on my first impressions, the team and I have the same mindset. It's also good to meet my fellow countrymen Tobias Foss, Per Strand Hagenes, and Johannes Staune-Mittet. I've heard positive things about the team from them."
Although Nordhagen has a deal with a cycling team, he will still pursue cross-country skiing. "I'll keep combining cycling with cross-country skiing in the upcoming seasons. I want to continue that combination for as long as I can. It is a terrific workout that helps me train and develop my entire physique."
According to Head of Development Robbert de Groot, Nordhagen is a fantastic addition to Team Jumbo-Visma. "The fact that we are embarking on such a trajectory with such a young boy is quite special. We see exceptional talent in Jorgen. He is a highly motivated boy who seeks a training program where he feels he can improve. The fact that he already knows where his future is allows him to concentrate on training, competing and developing. We both feel that he will fit in perfectly with us. To achieve full development, we provide long-term pathways like this. We firmly hold that belief. It fits perfectly with the cooperation we are beginning with Jorgen. We are looking for an optimal balance between training and competition development. We can offer tailor-made solutions to talent over a long period because of the collaboration between our development team and the World Tour team."