Van Hooydonck and Benoot extend with Team Jumbo-Visma

Van Hooydonck and Benoot extend with Team Jumbo-Visma

Nathan Van Hooydonck and Tiesj Benoot will also ride for Team Jumbo-Visma in the coming years. Van Hooydonck (26) extended his expiring contract by two years and Benoot (28) added two more seasons to his one-year ongoing contract with the Dutch formation. Both Flemish riders will start the Tour de France on Friday.

"We had already verbally agreed to extend at the beginning of the year. I was thrilled with that. It gave me a lot of confidence to go into spring", Van Hooydonck said. "I get to ride for the best team in the world for two more years. I believe in what we do and in the leaders we have. There is a lot of science behind our approach. I feel I am treated the same way as the leaders, with the same facilities and preparation for the most important parts of the season. That is not the case with every team. Here, I can become the best version of myself. I said that when I started riding for Team Jumbo-Visma and still feel that way. So I'm happy I could sign for two more years."

Benoot's contract was renegotiated after just six months and now runs until the end of 2025. "If the first months hadn't been so good, I wouldn't have renewed now", said the Belgian, who achieved podium finishes in Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race in spring. "I am also honoured that discussing an extension was already proposed. The transfer to this team was late, mid-December, but went very smoothly. From the first moment, everything went very well; therefore, I am thrilled to commit to the team for a longer period. This is the best team I could wish for."

Merijn Zeeman, sporting director of Team Jumbo-Visma, foresees a prominent role for both Belgians in the coming years. "Nathan is a highly appreciated and strong team player. He is part of our team's core", Zeeman said.

"Tiesj has proven to be an important asset to our team who assists our leaders until deep in the final. Moreover, he has shown that he can achieve good results himself. We are delighted and proud that these riders will remain part of our Team Jumbo-Visma in the coming years."

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