The team will have Van Aert and talents to discover
Jumbo Visma will be at the start of the next Giro d'Italia with a very young team and with reduced ambitions compared to the past.
After the historic trio in 2023, with the successes in the pink race of Primoz Roglic (who moved to Bora hansgrohe), Jonas Vingegaard at the Tour de France and Sepp Kuss at the Vuelta de España, the Dutch team may not compete for the final success.
Senior sports director Merijn Zeeman admitted this to the Dutch podcast Met Open Vizier. During the event, it emerged that Wout Van Aert will lead the team in search of stage successes, but the rest of the riders will include the team's best talents, with Vingegaard, instead, designated captain for the Tour and Kuss as the Dane's domestique in France and possible protagonist in Spain in an attempt to defend the title.
So who could be the Jumbo athletes at the start of the Giro in 2024? Together with Van Aert, we expect Milan Vader, who after a terrible accident returned to good levels by surprisingly winning the Guangxi Tour in China, the World Tour race that closed this season.
And then Movistar's new signing Matteo Jorgenson , the British Ben Tulett , who arrived from Ineos, or the 21-year-old Norwegian Johannes Staune-Mittet, winner of the Giro d'Italia Next Gen in 2023, and Per Strand Hagenes , a twenty-year-old more suited to racing one day. In support there would be Thomas Gloag, the presence of the Van Dijke brothers (Mick and Tim) should not be underestimated but we do not feel like excluding Attila Valter, an excellent domestique in some short stage races and fifth at the Strade Bianche.
We must also mention Edoardo Affini , the only Italian on the Dutch team, who we hope will be at the start of the home race.