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The riders of Team Jumbo-Visma made history last season. The yellow and black squad won races from the start in Australia to the finish in China. In total, the team recorded 69 victories, 21 more than in 2022. As well as the record number of victories, Team Jumbo-Visma also made sporting history by winning all three Grand Tours. This unique trilogy was completed with three riders.
Italy was the starting point of the developing trilogy. On the penultimate stage, Primoz Roglic shook the race. In the climbing time trial to the top of the steep Monte Lussari, the Slovenian took the pink jersey from his closest rival, Geraint Thomas, despite mechanical problems. The following day in Rome, the Slovenian won the Giro d'Italia for the first time.
The winning streak continued in France. In the time trial from Passy to Combloux, Jonas Vingegaard dealt a crushing blow to Tadej Pogacar. The 26-year-old Dane finished the day over a minute and a half ahead of the Slovenian. The day after the stage against the clock, Team Jumbo-Visma dealt Pogacar the final blow in an Alpine stage. The UAE Team Emirates rider was forced to let go early as the team made the stage difficult. For the second year in a row, Vingegaard won the yellow jersey on the Champs-Élysées.
A strong team arrived in Spain to complete the unique trilogy. In Vingegaard and Roglic, Team Jumbo-Visma had two leaders going into Barcelona. But on the eighth stage of the Vuelta, it was master domestique Sepp Kuss who took the red jersey. Excellent teamwork in the remaining stages saw the American take the leader's jersey to Madrid. Team-mates Vingegaard and Roglic finished second and third, respectively.
As well as the three grand tours, Team Jumbo-Visma also won Tirreno-Adriatico, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Itzulia Basque Country, Critérium du Dauphiné and the Gree-Tour of Guangxi. That makes a total of eight overall victories in WorldTour stage races.
"We are very proud of him"
Rohan Dennis initiated Team Jumbo Visma’s winning streak in Australia. Nine months later, Milan Vader put the icing on the cake with victory 69 in China. A record for the Jumbo-Visma team. Vingegaard and Roglic took 15 victories last season. Young sprinter Olav Kooij was not far behind with thirteen victories. So, the team has achieved one of its goals. "Unbelievable, this is phenomenal”, sportive director Merijn Zeeman said about Kooij and his achievements. "He has developed from a young talent to a top international sprinter. We are very proud of him.”
In total, 12 other riders from the yellow and black team managed to win last year. The culture within the team has made this possible. The win in Ghent-Wevelgem is a good example. Christophe Laporte and Wout van Aert crossed the finish line in a beautiful display of #winningtogether. The TTT wins at Paris-Nice, and the Vuelta a Burgos are also excellent examples.
But there have been even more special victories this season. For example, the Development Team riders Per Strand Hagenes and Johannes Staune-Mittet have won at the highest level. The two young Norwegians showed last year that they are ready to step up to the pros. Laporte won the European title at the end of September, but not in Jumbo-Visma colours. On VAM Mountain, Laporte was the first to cross the line. Van Aert and Kooij completed the podium with second and third places. Within the team, this success is recognised as the seventieth victory.
"This season was unlike any other"
"There are no words to describe it”, continued the delighted sportive director. "This season was unlike any other. We always remain modest, but this is something to think about. We are incredibly proud.”