New Contract for Van Aert at Jumbo Visma
Updated: Jan 29, 2021
This morning, Jumbo Visma have laid to bed the far-fetched rumours of their star rider Wout van Aert leaving the team at the end of 2021. The team have announced a contract extension with Van Aert until the end of 2024, that will be a welcome announcement for fans of the outfit. Coming off the back of his most successful road season yet, Jumbo Visma will be delighted to have tied their Swiss Army knife of a rider down to a new deal, meaning his future will lie in winning races for the Dutch team.
Van Aert's 2020 season was mind-boggling at first, as he seemed almost unbeatable after the season restart at the beginning of August. Winning at Strade Bianche in the first WorldTour race of the restart, Van Aert was delighted to win a race he had finished 3rd at in the previous two years. This was followed by another Classic win at Milan-San Remo.
At the Tour de France he was both super-domestique in the high mountains for Primoz Roglic, and star sprinter as he won both Stage 5 and Stage 7. In 2020, he also won the Belgium National Time Trial Championships and finished with a silver medal in Imola at the World Championships.
Following an incredible WorldTour season where he was undoubtedly the best rider of the season, he took this form into this winter's Cyclo-cross, winning multiple events and he currently hold the World Cup Leader's Jersey.
"I don’t have to explain to you that there was more interest in me, but I have never had talks with another team. My goal was to extend the contract. We have become the best team in the world. It was best for me to stay. I am glad that it is done and I am relieved that I can speak out about it.”
Wout Van Aert
Whether Van Aert's future lies as a Classics man or as a stage-racer (one wouldn't put it past him doing both), it will almost certainly be successful and this will only be helped with the his continued support from the Jumbo Visma team that has become the dominant force in WorldTour cycling.