Team Visma | Lease a Bike
Team Visma | Lease a Bike
  • Nationality Netherlands
  • Founded 1984
  • Team Principal Richard Plugge
  • UCI Code TVL
  • Bike Sponsor Cervélo

UCI WorldTeam

Team Visma | Lease a Bike

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Formerly Rabobank, Superconfex and Kwantum, as well as a host of others since starting life in 1984, Team Visma-Lease a Bike are the second longest-running team at the top of the sport, beaten only by Movistar, which began as Reynolds in 1980.

Over the past couple of years, the Dutch outfit have emerged as the new successor to Team Sky/Ineos Grenadiers and cemented their position as the best Grand Tour team on the men’s WorldTour.

Their meteoric success isn’t just attributed to their superstars Wout van Aert, Jonas Vingegaard and, formerly, Primož Roglič, but also their entire team structure - from part-time staffers to full-time managers - and a newfound focus on emerging young talent.

In 2022, the team didn’t just achieve their big goal of winning the Tour de France, they smashed it out of the park. Through the leadership of Vingegaard and Van Aert, but also the efforts of riders like Christophe Laporte, they came home with the yellow, green and polka-dot jerseys, as well as six individual stage victories.

They’ve set an even loftier goal for the 2023 season with the hopes of winning the Tour de France with Vingegaard and the Giro d’Italia with Primož Roglič. Somehow, they topped even that goal, sweeping the Grand Tours with Roglič at the Giro d’Italia, Vingegaard at the Tour de France and Sepp Kuss at the Vuelta a España – ahead of his two other Grand Tour-winning teammates. It was, arguably, the single greatest Grand Tour season cycling has ever seen.

So, how can Visma-Lease a Bike build on the fantastic year that was, especially with Roglič leaving the team for Bora-Hansgrohe?

The obvious place for improvement is in the Classics. Even with a few wins in the bag at the precursors to the cobbled Monuments, the crew of Wout van Aert, Dylan van Baarle, Christophe Laporte and Tiesj Benoot came up short in the races that matter most: Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Nevertheless, with Matteo Jorgenson being added to that crack team of hard men for the Classics – and with the likes of Cian Uijtdebroeks added to Kuss and Vingegaard in the GC battles – the opportunity for improvement is very much on the table in 2024.

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The Team

Jonas Vingegaard

Jonas Vingegaard

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Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert

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Sepp Kuss

Sepp Kuss

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Christophe Laporte

Christophe Laporte

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Olav Kooij

Olav Kooij

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Team Bikes

Link to Vuelta a España pro bike: Sepp Kuss' Cervélo R5 climbing bike
Sepp Kuss' Cervélo R5

Vuelta a España pro bike: Sepp Kuss' Cervélo R5 climbing bike

Kuss’ hopes of winning the Vuelta a España lie in the mountains where the American will team up with Cervélo’s R5 climbing bike

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Link to Milan Vader’s Cervélo ZFS-5
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Milan Vader’s Cervélo ZFS-5

We take a closer look at the Jumbo-Visma rider's mountain bike

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Link to Sepp Kuss rides into Madrid aboard Vuelta España winner's edition Cervelo S5
Kuss and the Jumbo-Visma team celebrating a Grand Tour triple of victories with a custom Cervélo S5 to commemorate this feat

Sepp Kuss rides into Madrid aboard Vuelta España winner's edition Cervelo S5

The GC overall winner Sepp Kuss rode into Madrid atop a rather special Cervélo S5 celebrating not only his win at La Vuelta a España but also the team's clean sweep of Grand Tour victories this year

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Top Team Visma | Lease a Bike Stories

Link to Jumbo-Visma Team Talk: What does life after Roglič look like?
Jumbo-Visma won all three Grand Tours in 2023

Jumbo-Visma Team Talk: What does life after Roglič look like?

GCN reviews the Dutch team's stunning 2023 campaign and looks ahead to 2024, with the spotlight firmly on Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert and Sepp Kuss following Primož Roglič's departure

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Link to Sepp Kuss rules out starting Giro d’Italia in 2024
Sepp Kuss after winning the Vuelta a España

Sepp Kuss rules out starting Giro d’Italia in 2024

American is also hopeful that he’ll have more GC opportunities in 2024

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Link to Contract extensions at Visma-Lease a Bike as Jonas Vingegaard targets Tour de France treble
Visma-Lease a Bike presented their team, a few of their goals and three contract extensions on Thursday

Contract extensions at Visma-Lease a Bike as Jonas Vingegaard targets Tour de France treble

Vingegaard, Kuss and Van Empel extended, while Wout van Aert will skip the Tour de France

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