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Tour de Hongrie next step in Van Dijke's development plan

Tour de Hongrie next step in Van Dijke's development plan

Mick van Dijke is enjoying his first entire season as a professional cyclist. Via the Jumbo-Visma Development Team, the young rider from Zeeland, the Netherlands, moved on to the Dutch cycling team's main force. His development will continue next week with the Tour de Hongrie. Van Dijke will get a role in Olav Kooij's sprint train.

In 2021, Van Dijke's programme was a combination of races from the Jumbo-Visma Development Team and the World Tour team. The programme of Tim van Dijke's twin brother was expanded with two monuments this spring: the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. According to him, it confirmed he is on the right track. "Since I turned pro, I have trained really well and learned a lot. In last winter's training camps I laid a good foundation. You could also see that in the races. I got opportunities I never thought I would get. Those opportunities came anyway and I took them with both hands."

“I showed myself in both Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Ronde van Vlaanderen”, Van Dijke continues. "I didn't just want to participate; I also wanted to show myself and be important to the team. That worked out nicely. Then I rode Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, which turned out to be a successful stage race for the team, and I continued my good form to Roubaix. Unfortunately, luck wasn't on my side, but I managed to finish anyway. It is exceptional to be at the start of two monuments as a neo-pro with a team like Team Jumbo-Visma."

A few years ago, Van Dijke would have never thought he would cycle in the pro peloton. "As a little boy, you watch television and this level still seems very elusive. To ride between the pros now remains a bit unreal sometimes. It is only my third season on the road. As a U23 rider, I got some nice results, but as a professional, you have to start over and prove yourself again. The way I rode this spring shows that I do have something to look forward to in the classics. That gives me confidence for the coming years."

"I dare say that the training path resembles a university study"

Mick van Dijke

According to the reigning Dutch U23 time trial champion, his rapid development is partly due to his team's excellent guidance. "When Tim and I entered the development team, we were two strangers in road cycling. We had achieved great results on the mountain bike, but it was no guarantee for road cycling. In addition, we trained very differently from road cyclists. When we signed with the U23 team, we had no idea how broad the development path was."

"It's more than just training. You are working on nutrition, the mental aspect and training theory. The team makes you a smart rider so you know what you're doing. This makes it easier to put theory into practice. I dare say that the training path resembles a university study. All cycling facets are explained in a useful way so that you really benefit from it. This way you improve yourself and the team race by race. It makes it possible to go through development as I have been in the last few years."

In the Tour de Hongrie, Team Jumbo-Visma will start with young riders as part of the Young Team Jumbo-Visma programme. Van Dijke hopes to be able to contribute to Olav Kooij's sprint train. "We are at the start with a young and ambitious team. In the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, we also started with a young team. There we won two stages and the general classification with Olav. In Hungary, several world-class sprinters will be at the start, and the accompanying sprint trains are also of a high standard. It will pose a challenge. Besides the classics, I also want to continue developing myself as Olav's lead-out. In Hungary, I can compete with other riders in that area. Of course we would like to win a stage, but the race is also about the learning process. Hopefully the Tour de Hongrie will be a nice mix between learning and performing."

Line up Tour de Hongrie

Mick van Dijke

Olav Kooij

Loe van Belle

David Dekker

Tim van Dijke

Owen Geleijn

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