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This week, Team Jumbo-Visma will be at the start of the Tour de la Provence for the first time. Sports directors Jan Boven and Sierk Jan de Haan selected a team without a clear race leader. Robert Gesink, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Sepp Kuss and Chris Harper will start the race in a free role.
Jumbo-Visma Development Team rider Gijs Leemreize will ride his first professional race. The UCI gives riders from the development team starting opportunities in the World Tour team.
“We want to ride this race as a team that takes initiative”, Boven said. “Pascal, Maarten Wynants and Gijs will support the climbers in the second and third stages. After the second stage we will see wether the general classification is a realistic goal for one of our riders. This race will be a new experience for Gijs. The whole team will help him and guide him during his first race between the pros.”
Twenty-year-old Leemreize is happy with the opportunity offered to him. “I did not expect to ride a professional race that fast. This winter I trained well and with a professional race in my legs I expect that my condition will only get better. My goal is to gain as much experience as possible and to do my job for the team.”