Four stage wins and a place on the overall podium—we are so proud of the way that Team Jumbo Visma raced during the 2019 Tour de France. From the first stage in Brussels, where Mike Teunissen won and became the first Dutchman to wear the maillot jaune in three decades, to the final stage in Paris, where Steven Kruiswijk fulfilled his dream of standing on a grand tour podium, the riders pulled together and gave everything they had to make sure that they would have the best chance to succeed. When things didn’t go to plan, they adapted on the road. When the race split in crosswinds, Wout van Aert sprinted to victory. A couple of days later, he was back at the front of Dylan Groenewegen’s leadout. Tony Martin, Amund Grøndahl Jansen, and Mike Teunissen did an incredible job in the sprints. Groenewegen finished off their work with one win and came within a few centimetres on several other occasions. In the mountains, Laurens De Plus and George Bennett were the strongest domestiques in the race. Their efforts eliminated several of Kruijswijk’s GC rivals. Perhaps the triumph that means the most was the team’s TTT victory though. No other event better symbolises the fact that cycling is a collective effort. The team rode a flawless race. Their clothing and equipment were on point. The strategy that the team’s performance staff had developed was perfect. They were much faster than the competition. We’ve seen how much work went into that victory and all of the team’s success this Tour de France. We are proud to have been a part of it and are already looking forward to the 2020 Tour.
Stage 11 was supposed to be a straightforward sprint stage, and Team Jumbo-Visma was ready to lead Dylan Groenewegen to his second victory. Mother nature had other plans though. In the last fifty kilometres, the race exploded into echelons in a strong crosswind. Groenewegen unfortunately missed the split, but Wout van Aert managed to make it across with Steven Kruijswijk. Once they knew that Kruijswijk’s GC position was safe, Van Aert got the go ahead to sprint for the stage win. The Belgian star made the most of his chance. He bettered some of the most decorated sprinters in the world with his final dash for the line. Fate had torn up their script, but once again Team Jumbo-Visma had improvised to win a Tour de France stage.
Dylan Groenewegen came to the Tour de France to win sprints. The first stage didn’t work out for him, and he had to nurse his wounds for a few days, but on stage seven, he showed that he is the fastest sprinter in the peloton. After a perfect lead out from his teammates, he beat his rivals cleanly. His victory was a testament to his speed and his perseverance.
To win a team time trial, everything has to go perfectly. Each rider has to be in sync with his teammates. Each of his pulls must be at the maximum speed that each of them can maintain. No one can make a mistake in a corner. Everyone has to do his part. With average speeds approaching 60 kilometres per hour, aerodynamics are extremely important. Team Jumbo-Visma made the Tour’s team time trial one of their biggest priorities. In collaboration with experts from the Technical University of Eindhoven and all of their equipment partners, they worked hard to ensure that their riders would take to the start in Brussels with the most advanced bikes and clothing in the world. We were tasked with ensuring that the team had the fastest possible kit. On the second day of the Tour, Team Jumbo-Visma showed that we had achieved our goal.
Shoe covers can save you a great deal of time in a race against the clock. Because your feet are always in motion when you are cycling, small aerodynamic improvements can make a big difference. We developed our Race Day shoe covers in collaboration with Team Jumbo-Visma. They will make you faster.Race Day Shoe Cover Essential
Two kilometres from the line, it looked as if all of the work that they had put into preparing for the first stage of the 2019 Tour de France had come to nought. Dylan Groenewegen had been taken out by a last-minute crash. All of a sudden, Wout van Aert, Amund Grøndahl Jansen, and Mike Teunissen found themselves at the front of the race without their captain. What followed was a masterclass in improvisation. The lead-out men positioned themselves well. In the last few hundred metres, Teunissen surged to the front and kept going, as some of the best sprinters in the world faded. He saved his kick for the final uphill stretch and crossed the line first to become the first Dutchman to earn the yellow jersey in 30 years. It had not happened how they had imagined it, but the team had achieved what they had set out to do. Anything can happen in a bike race, but you have to be prepared to succeed.
When you’re cycling, you have to be ready for changing conditions. When it comes to the weather, a vest is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing that you can have with you. Even in the middle of summer, it can get cool in the mountains. Our lightweight and stretchy Premium Stripe vest can be packed up into a pocket and will provide you with just the right amount of windproof insulation when you need it.Premium Stripe Vest
Ever since he was a little boy, Dylan Groenewegen dreamed of wearing the maillot jaune. The first stage of this year’s Tour de France seemed made for him. The race would finish with a sprint in Brussels’ Parc Royal. At the start of the year, he sat down with the team and said that he wanted to win there. From that moment, the team set about preparing to make his dream a reality. They scouted the finish and worked on their lead out. The team’s performance staff developed a training programme that would ensure that Dylan would take to the start of the Tour in his best possible form. We examined every aspect of his clothing to make sure that it would give him every possible advantage. We were proud to be a part of that process. In the end, luck was not on Dylan’s side, but his teammate Mike Teunissen was able to capitalise on all of the work that everyone had put in to make sure that they were ready. At the end of the day, a Team Jumbo-Visma rider pulled on the maillot jaune. Their Tour was just getting started.