Frenchman Christophe Laporte and Belgian Tosh Van der Sande will join Team Jumbo - Visma for the next two seasons. Both riders are ambitious and will aim to be of significant value in the Classics.
For both Laporte (28) as for Van der Sande (30) it's an entirely new chapter after being part of team Cofidis and Lotto Soudal respectively for many years.
Laporte, known for his fast finish, will support Wout van Aert in the Spring Classics, but will also be able to seize his own chances. Van der Sande will also play a crucial role in the classics, bringing tons of experience from his time at Lotto Soudal, while also being part of Groenewegen's lead-out.
Tosh Van der Sande:
"I was flattered by the interest. I rode for Lotto for 10 years, so it will be a serious change. If a team like Team Jumbo-Visma contacts you, you should not hesitate for long. It is the best team, or one of the best teams in the world. The professionalism and the staff really appeal to me. I am very happy to join this team and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully I can work my way into the Classics core to support Wout van Aert. I think my added value lies in my composure in stress situations, positioning myself and riding up front with the leader. Those are my main assets. In addition, I want to try to become an even better cyclist at Team Jumbo-Visma. Given the framework, I believe I can certainly make progress in the coming years."
"I am very happy and proud that I will be riding for Team Jumbo-Visma the next two seasons. It is one of the best teams in the world and I am confident that I can grow to my best level in this team. It is certainly a big change, because I rode eight years for Cofidis in France. Team Jumbo-Visma is a different team, with new faces among staff and riders. I am going to discover a new culture. It is an important step in my career and I am eager to start this project. The Flemish classics will be one of my main goals next season. I love those races. There is a nice team formed around Wout and I will do my best to win together. Let this adventure begin."