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Jumbo-Visma announce women's team for 2021

Joe Robinson
19 Oct 2020

Marianne Vos and Britain's Anna Henderson among signings for next season

Leading men's WorldTour team Jumbo-Visma have confirmed they will launch a women's team for the 2021 season.

The new Dutch women's team will be headed by former Parkhotel Valkenburg team manager Esra Trump and has announced 12 signings to start the team including multi-discipline World Champion Marianne Vos.

On launching a women's team for next season, Jumbo-Visma manager Richard Plugge underlined this women's project as the next step for the team and their intention to rival the very best in the women's peloton.

'The time is ripe to get started. It is fantastic to be able to make a major contribution to national and international women’s cycling through your own women’s team,' said Plugge.

'With the arrival of this women’s team, we complete Team Jumbo-Visma, embracing talent recognition, development and top sport at the highest level. In addition, it is fantastic that we can also offer young girls perspective for the long term within our Academy model.'

Rumours of this women's project circulated in July when it was reported that main sponsor, Dutch supermarket Jumbo, was pushing to create a women's squad with the support of Cervélo bikes, rumoured to be replacing Bianchi as bike sponsor.

The same reports suggested that the team were targeting Annemiek van Vleuten as team leader as her contract with Mitchelton-Scott was coming to an end.

Van Vleuten has since, however, signed for Movistar so Jumbo-Visma then targeted the experienced Vos alongside Dutch rirders Jip van den Bos, Riejanne Markus, Anouska Koster, Nancy van der Burg, Aafke Soet, Teuntje Beekhuis and Karlijn Swinkels, along with Belgian Julie van de Velde, German Romy Kasper, Dane Pernille Mathiesen and Britain's Anna Henderson.

'I am proud to be part of Team Jumbo-Visma. The vision and ambition of the team appeal to me and I look forward to starting together,' Vos said on signing with the team.

'Women’s cycling is on the rise and the intention is to accelerate this, together with main sponsors Jumbo and Visma and the other partners behind it.

'The women’s team will fully integrate in the existing organisation, the current cycling teams and speed skating teams, where sharing knowledge is also of unique value. One team where all guidance, knowledge and facilities are the same for both men and women.

'Team Jumbo-Visma is one.'