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Wout van Aert extends Jumbo-Visma contract until 2024

Will Strickson
21 Jan 2021

Belgian commits to another three years in black and yellow as team pledges more support in the Classics

Wout van Aert has signed a contract extension keeping him with Team Jumbo-Visma until 2024.

The Belgian dominated the 2020 season proving to be among the best in every type of racing with his initial deal set to expire at the end of this year.

'I am very proud to be a member of Team Jumbo-Visma,' Van Aert said. 'I really got a lot better here. I think everyone could see that I have made huge steps forward as a rider in recent years. I owe a lot to the team.

'I don't need to explain to you that there was more interest in me, but I have never personally had conversations with any other team. my goal has always been to extend my contract here. It was best for me to stay. I am glad that it has been completed and I am relieved to be able to speak out.'

Among standout individual performances winning Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and two stages of the Tour de France (as well as second place finishes in both World Championships races and the Tour of Flanders), Van Aert played a huge role in the team's success in 2020 surprising everyone with his climbing ability as a super-domestique for Primož Roglič at the Tour.

General manager of Jumbo-Visma Richard Plugge said: 'Wout is one of the big names, one of the big stars of cycling. He is the current number three in the world. For us it was important to keep him. There may have beeen other teams interested in Wout, but his intention was to sign up from the start.'

The Bees' sporting director Merijn Zeeman said: 'For us as coaches it's great to be able to work with such a personality and rider. Our team has been continuously developing in recent years. That also applies to the team around Wout in the spring. I think the analysis last year was that the support was insufficient. We are looking to develop in this area to give Wout the support he needs.'