The 3 Grand Tours and 69 victories - that's the record of Jumbo-Visma's historic season
It is the end of a perfect year for Jumbo-Visma in which, after winning the Tour of Guangxi with Milan Vader, the last World Tour race of the season, they have managed to score a whopping 69 victories, including wins in the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and La Vuelta a España.
Jumbo-Visma ends its most successful season with a victory
There are few adjectives left that have not already been applied to Jumbo-Visma's tremendous season in 2023, in which they have practically won everything, at least in the most important races.
It is no longer just about the victories of Primoz Roglic in the Giro d'Italia, Jonas Vingegaard in the Tour de France and Sepp Kuss in La Vuelta a España, in which they also topped the podium, but also the overwhelming domination of almost all the one-week races, starting back in February with a Jonas Vingegaard who started his season by winning in O Gran Camiño.
Then came Paris-Nice, one of the few bites that escaped the Dutch team thanks to the presence of an unbeatable Tadej Pogacar whom nobody could overshadow in the first months of 2023. Tirreno-Adriatico, where a half-hearted Roglic was able to take advantage of his qualities to achieve a victory that nobody was betting on, and later Volta a Catalunya, where the Slovenian was able to beat a rider of the stature of Remco Evenepoel, began to mark what we would see for the rest of the year.
In Itzulia, Jonas Vingegaard took over with a total domination before ending his first block of the season to face the specific preparation for the Tour. Just before the Tour, the Dane returned to win the Critérium du Dauphiné unchallenged, which was just a foretaste of what we saw in the Tour de France.
A story that seemed to repeat itself on the road to La Vuelta with Roglic returning victorious in La Vuelta a Burgos. However, nobody counted on the tyranny that we experienced in La Vuelta and all the controversy that was generated to decide who would be the winner of this race in which they copied the podium, taking the victory with a worker like Sepp Kuss.
In addition to this, there are other smaller races such as the Tour of Guangxi, which has just closed the World Tour calendar, and the Tour of Britain, won by Wout van Aert.
Only the classics have been a small blemish for Jumbo-Visma with Wout van Aert who has come up against riders throughout the year who have made his day, in fact, the list of second places achieved by the Belgian is tremendous. Even so, the Dutch team managed to scrape wins in Omloop Het Niewsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, E3 Saxo Classic, Ghent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen, failing only in the key days of the monuments where Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogacar did not leave too many options and in the Ardennes where, yes, they were completely missing.