Cycling | 2 maart 2018
Roosen and Kruijswijk also remain loyal to Team LottoNL-Jumbo for several years
Timo Roosen (25) and Steven Kruijswijk (30) will represent their current team also in the next few years. Their contracts with Team LottoNL-Jumbo were due to expire at the end of this year but have been extended to 2020 and 2021 respectively. The contract news follows Jumbo's announcement yesterday that the Dutch supermarket chain will continue for a minimum of five years as the main sponsor of the squad of manager Richard Plugge.
Both riders have joined the Dutch team as youngsters and may be considered as role models for the structure of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, which is built on talent development. Kruijswijk didn’t feel the need to leave the team at all, now he’s enjoying the benefits of his development. "The team has hugely improved in terms of professionalism, guidance, innovation and collaboration in recent years. We really are a team together and I'm happy to be part of it", said the intended Tour de France captain in a comment. "Jumbo's commitment gives confidence and peace and that stability is reflected in our team."
Although Roosen triumphed twice last season, his best years reasonably are yet to come. "Those victories proved that I am getting stronger, which is the most important. My focus is on being successful with Dylan Groenewegen, as his lead-out, but also on the classics, which are the goals we are working on at Team LottoNL-Jumbo. I like it a lot here: the coaching, the technical equipment, everything is organised well. The team is improving every year, we have just implemented a new nutrition system, the team is innovative and runs smoothly. That are reasons to renew my contract.”