With Dylan van Baarle (30) and Wilco Kelderman (31), Team Jumbo-Visma has contracted two reinforcements from its own country for the next three years. The Dutch formation announced this on the first day of La Vuelta a España in Utrecht. The compatriots are both at the start of La Vuelta.
“It gives us a special feeling Wilco is returning to the team where it all began for him”, says Merijn Zeeman, sportive director of Team Jumbo-Visma.
“Both of us have learned and experienced a lot in recent years. We are now at the point where we want to help one another grow. We are very motivated and expect Wilco to play an important role in supporting Primoz and Jonas. But also that he will provide good results himself”
Kelderman described joining Team Jumbo-Visma as returning home. “I’m delighted to start working together again. Even though I had been away for a while, Team Jumbo-Visma felt like my home team. I know the people there very well and I’ve always kept in touch. I think this is the right development in my career. The team has made progress and I’m curious to see where it will lead. Team Jumbo-Visma is an ambitious team and I hope to contribute to their goals. I think I still have room for growth and show great things. It goes without saying that the squad has recently enjoyed great success and I hope to support the guys who made it happen in the big races. I also hope to pass on my experience to the young riders. I’m really looking forward to it”, Kelderman said.