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Roglic signs extension with Jumbo-Visma

Team auctioning pieces of cycling history, like Kuss’ bike
Durango’s Sepp Kuss, front, helps teammate Primoz Roglic to a stage win at the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné in France. Roglic recently signed an extension with the team while Kuss’ bike from this year is being auctioned off. Courtesy of Team Jumbo-Visma

Team Jumbo-Visma’s leader, Primoz Roglic, will be with the team at least for another few years.

Roglic and Team Jumbo-Visma have agreed on a contract extension through 2025, allowing the Olympic time trial champion to complete 10 years in Dutch service.

In 2016, Roglic started his professional cycling career at Team Jumbo-Visma. Since then, the 32-year-old Slovenian has built up an impressive palmarès. In service of the Dutch team, he has achieved more than 50 victories, including Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 15 stages in grand tours, and three times won the general classification of the Vuelta a España.

Roglic still had a contract with the team of general manager Richard Plugge through 2023. That agreement has now been broken open and extended for two years.

For Roglic, a longer stay at Team Jumbo-Visma was a logical choice. “I have grown with this team since I arrived in 2016. We already have quite a history together that I am very proud of,” Roglic said. “I made my debut in the World Tour peloton at a somewhat later age. It may have looked easy, and the best moments surface the fastest, but it wasn’t always easy. Still, things have moved forward rapidly for me and my development. I am not solely responsible for those beautiful moments. I did that together with my teammates and the staff. It is great to be part of this team in the coming years as well.”

“My goals are independent of results,” Roglic said. “I want to keep developing myself in specific areas. Both physically and mentally, as a team leader and as a person. I’m in the right place for that. We will see what we will focus on in the coming years.”

Sportive director Merijn Zeeman calls it extraordinary that Roglic has remained connected to Team Jumbo-Visma for so long. “We find it very special that Primoz once again extends and, to date, rides his entire professional career with our team. We are delighted with that and also very proud. Primoz embodies the transformation of our team in recent years. ... Primoz is one of the pillars of the team. The culture that we have built together is very applicable to the athlete and the person Primoz Roglic.”

Sepp Kuss of Durango, who has been a member of Team Jumbo-Visma since 2018, is under contract with the team through 2024.

Team auctioning pieces of cycling history

Together with Europe’s leading special objects platform, Catawiki, Team Jumbo-Visma has prepared an auction to sell 24 pieces of cycling history for any cycling fan to own.

Twenty-four bicycles will be sold, including the Cervélo S5 of Primoz Roglic that brought him victory in La Vuelta a España. Others are Jonas Vingegaard’s S5 from the second-place finish in the General Classification of Le Tour de France, Marianne Vos’ winning bike at Gent-Wevelgem and Tom Dumoulin’s comeback bike.

Kuss’ Cervélo R5 also is up for auction, with a bid price of $7,000 euros, or $7,930.06, USD as of Thursday afternoon. Shipping is extra.

"All the hard work. All the efforts. All the training kilometres in the mountains. It all came together on that sunny day in Andorra,“ Kuss said about his bike. ”That decisive moment where every single rider was dropped on the Beixalis during the Tour de France. You made me part of cycling history."

Kuss won the 15th stage of the Tour de France this summer, becoming the first American to win since Tyler Farrar 10 years ago.

Proceeds of the auction will go to further develop team cycling talent. The team already has an infrastructure in place with the Team Jumbo-Visma Academy, the development team which another Durangoan, Colby Simmons recently signed with, and the new national initiative CyclingClassNL. With these activities Team Jumbo-Visma has an important role stimulating future cycling talents.

People can view the auction, which ends Monday, at https://www.catawiki.com/en/a/570627