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One of the best riders in the world in 2020, Wout van Aert has signed a lengthy deal to extend his contract with Jumbo-Visma, a relationship that will last until the end of 2024.
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SBS Cycling Central

22 Jan 2021 - 9:46 AM 

Van Aert joined Jumbo-Visma in 2019 as he focused more on the road and won a legal battle with his former Verandas Willems team to move squads.

"Also after 2021, I am a very proud member of Team Jumbo-Visma. I am very happy with that", Van Aert said in a video message shot during the team’s training camp in Alicante.

"I really wanted to extend because I have become a lot better with this team. I think everyone has seen that I have made huge steps forward as a rider in recent years. I was always in shape when I needed to. I owe a lot to the team to be able to work towards my goals. "

Van Aert won Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and two stages of the Tour de France in 2020, and was also an invaluable super-domestique for Primoz Roglic during the Tour. There had been speculation that Van Aert would move to INEOS Grenadiers in 2022, something that the Belgian star denied. 

"The decision that I wanted to re-sign was made pretty quickly in my mind. I don't have to explain to you that there was more interest in me, but I have never had talks with another team.

"My goal was to extend the contract. We have become the best team in the world. It was best for me to stay. I am glad that it is done and I am relieved that I can speak out about it."