Huising turns professional with Jumbo-Visma in 2025
Menno Huising has signed his first professional contract. The first-year U23 rider will move from the Development Team to the WorldTour squad of Jumbo-Visma in 2025. Huising has signed a contract until 2027. This makes him the first rider coming through CyclingClassNL who turns pro.
Huising (19) is in his first year with the Jumbo-Visma Development Team. He immediately won the Flèche Ardennaise. "Although I haven't been here that long, I'm very aware that I'm part of the best development team in the peloton”, Huising said. "Everything is in place to develop as a rider, but in a very accessible way. I am an eager learner, so I like using all the in-house expertise. At the same time, the squad has a familial feel about it. There could not be a better environment to step into the pro peloton. This feels like a childhood dream, and I am looking forward to riding in the WorldTour soon.”
Huising is the first CyclingClassNL rider to transition to professional cycling. In late 2021, the 19-year-old Dutchman was part of the first batch of riders in the joint training project between KNWU, NOC*NSF and Team Jumbo-Visma. He then made the move to the Jumbo-Visma Development Team. "We are very proud of this”, sportive director Merijn Zeeman said. "Menno has shown great promise over the past few years. He is fully developing, which will remain the main goal in the coming years. We believe he has a bright future in our team.”
In recent years, Martin Truijens, Head Talent Coach of CyclingClassNL, and Robbert de Groot, Head of Development at Jumbo-Visma, have closely followed Huising's development. Truijens: "Menno benefited from our help for a year. During that time, he learned what it takes to become an excellent professional rider.”
"We are still in the process of discovering what he will excel at"
After that last year in the junior category, Jumbo-Visma took over. "We quickly realised that he was a special rider”, De Groot said. "We are still in the process of discovering what he will excel at. Menno has a lot of natural cycling skills, but he can still improve in all areas. We will continue to work with him over the next few years, first in the development team and then in the WorldTour squad.”