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Monday, May 4, 2020

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Jonas Vingegaard renews contract with Team Jumbo-Visma for two more years

The team sent me this announcement:

Team Jumbo-Visma has extended the contract of Jonas Vingegaard. The 23-year-old Danish talent will remain with the team of manager Richard Plugge at least until the end of 2022.

Vingegaard is delighted with his contract extension. “I am happy that I’ve extended my contract with Team Jumbo-Visma. I really like my stay with the team so far. Moreover, I have already been able to develop well and hope to achieve higher goals with the team in the near future. I am proud to be part of this team. At the moment there is no team that suits me better.”

Jonas Vingegaard

Jonas Vingegaard wins the sixth stage of the 2019 Tour of Poland.

The climber, from the Danish city of Glyngøre, was successful several times in 2019. His greatest success was in the Tour of Poland, where he won the queen stage. It meant his first victory in the WorldTour. In addition, the Dane achieved a second place in the final classification of last year’s Tour of Denmark.

“Especially in these difficult times, we think it’s important to give the signal that we continue to develop our team”, sportive director Merijn Zeeman says. He expects Vingegaard to develop even further in the coming years. “Jonas is a promising talent. We have high hopes for him. We are happy that we have been able to break open his contract and extend it until the end of 2022. In this way, we can continue to build a successful career together.”

Chris Froome: We’re still paying for doping era of 15 years ago

Eurosport posted this story:

Chris Froome admits cycling’s reputation is still damaged from the Lance Armstrong era of widespread doping.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome at the start of the 2019 Dauphine. Sirotti photo

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in a period defined by systematic doping, and was banned for life by USADA in 2012, but Froome insists the sport now has “nothing to hide” despite the cloud of suspicion rarely straying far from the peloton.

And although he did not mention Armstrong directly, the Brit says that his fellow professionals and being punished for mistakes by their predecessors.

"We’re still having to justify ourselves. It’s 15 years on at least, and we’re still talking about it. It did a lot of damage,” Froome told cricketer Kevin Pietersen on an Instagram Live.

"That era has damaged the sport to a great extent, but I do really believe that the sport has turned the page. I don’t think that I could have won the Tour de France four times if it hadn’t changed. I think the sport is in a great place now.

"Of course it’s challenging with the negativity and always having to answer the same questions year in, year out to the sceptics who won’t believe any performance but at the same time what can we do? We just get on with it and we know that what we’re doing it right. We’ve got nothing to hide."

You can read the whole story here.

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