quote:Affini strengthens Team Jumbo-Visma selection
Edoardo Affini is a new addition to Team Jumbo-Visma for next year. The twenty-four-year-old Italian signs for three seasons with the Dutch World Tour team.
Affini is in his second year as a professional cyclist with Mitchelton-Scott and will transfer to Team Jumbo-Visma in 2021. The Italian won the bronze medal at the European time trial championship in Alkmaar last year. Affini is the third new rider for Team Jumbo-Visma, after Gijs Leemreize and David Dekker were previously contracted.
Sportive director Merijn Zeeman sees an important role for Affini in the selection. "We always like to add a rider like Affini to our team. Edoardo will assist Wout van Aert in the classics and he will get a place in the sprint train of Dylan Groenewegen. In addition, he is a talented time trialist. The team will certainly help him to get even better in that discipline. We think that with our guidance he can develop into a world class time trial rider."
Affini is happy with his transfer. "When Team Jumbo-Visma called, I knew this was a great opportunity. This is a good step for me. The conversations with the team showed that they have a lot of confidence in me. I can develop well here and that is very important to me. There are a number of very experienced riders from whom I can learn a lot. I'm in my second year as a pro, but this season is of course very special. Hopefully from next season on I will experience great moments in the shirt of Team Jumbo-Visma."
quote:BORA – hansgrohe signs Nils Politt
The 26-year-old rider from Cologne has signed a contract for the next three years and will reinforce BORA – hansgrohe’s Classics squad, as well as shine as an all-rounder.
“It’s great that this has finally worked out. We have been interested in Nils previously, that's certainly no secret. I think that the consistent path that BORA - hansgrohe has been following was ultimately part of what convinced him. As a German top team, we’d of course like to have all the top German riders under contract, but we are still looking for international talent. Our goal is not to become a German national team, but rather to win the WorldTour. Nils will of course be vital in strengthening our Classics squad, but we still also see a lot of potential in him generally as a rider. We want to fully develop this potential over the coming years, as we have already done with riders such as Pascal, Emu and Max.” - Ralph Denk, Team Manager
"I'm really very happy. In a way, it’s like being reunited with my friends from the early days, and that made the decision quite easy for me. I've known several of the riders in the team for a number of years and I'm looking forward to racing with them. For the Classics, we’ll have an enormously strong team next year, and that's also a new situation for me. Over the past few years, I have been more of a lone warrior, so to speak, in those races. Tactically, this will definitely provide us with a vast array of opportunities. What Ralph Denk has achieved over the past few years is incredibly impressive. BORA - hansgrohe is one of the very top squads and I hope that I can develop further as a rider within the team.” - Nils Politt
Mwah, Tuttobici wist twee weken geleden al te melden dat Affini in gesprek was met Jumbo en Sunweb. Dat is hetzelfde als nu een lijstje maken met mogelijke versterkingen voor Sunweb en dan Bardet noemen, dat kan iedereen.quote:
Dat doet hij al jaren.quote:
Inderdaad niet erg vreemd.quote:
Vooralsnog zie ik nog geen Castroviejos, Kwiatkowski en dergekijke richting Jumbo gaan.quote:
Tom van de Molen is een aardige hardrijder.quote:
Misschien omdat Jumbo ook nog nooit een Tour gedomineerd heeft. Als ze de komende 5 jaar de Tour platleggen praten we verder.quote:
Sky domineerde voornamelijk in de Tour. Jumbo heeft naast een bijzonder goede kern voor grote rondes de snelste sprinter ter wereld plus omkadering en een serieuze klassieke kern. Nu zijn ze ook nog de rommel aan het opruimen.quote:
Ja, en als we straks naar een kapotsaaie Tour kijken dankzij een horde Jumbobots dan zal daar vast kritiek op komen.quote: