Another Monday is here and our news from the world of cycling with it! So, what did you miss?
The Dutch squad increases budget
Jumbo-Visma started the 2019 campaign with the second lowest funding out of the 18 WorldTour teams. However, they won many big races anyway. Mostly thanks to their star Primož Roglič, they were one of the teams to watch out for during the whole season. After the increase of funding, they are number eight on the WorldTour rich list. And they believe that it allows them to target even more races.
“We have a leaner organisation and therefore lower costs. Our capital is on the bike,” explains Merijn Zeeman, the team’s sports director. “We are not large payers, but our riders have nice contracts. They earn less than they can with the richer teams. Money is not everything in racing. It is also about where they can get better, for which they are willing to let money go. Wout van Aert chose us, even though we didn’t offer the most money. Primož Roglič has broken open his contract and that has improved considerably, but of course he is now the number one in the world. He could also earn more elsewhere, but he remained loyal to our project. The same applies to Dylan Groenewegen.”
Jumbo-Visma even managed to sign Tom Dumoulin. It definitely seems that they’re doing something right. Do you think they can challenge Team Ineos?
What a lovely thing
ICYMI: Mikoto has a hoot: A pet barn owl enjoys a front-row seat on a bike ride in Ichihara, Japan pic.twitter.com/zFa92hAXxd
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 12, 2019
Arrived at my gate and there was no seats left at the gate.
So I pretended to que. All the elderly irish jumped up to que in a panic!
I strolled off and took my time to choose whatever seat I wanted 😎
They are standing 50minutes before our flight 😂🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/TwV3YbIjnn
— Sam Bennett (@Sammmy_Be) November 11, 2019
You know it’s true
Peter on holiday
Would make for a great movie.
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) November 13, 2019