Wout van Aert is sitting around the table with Jumbo-Visma to break open his current contract and extend it until 2026. His current contract with the Dutch team expires at the end of 2024. Various sources have CyclingFlash confirmed that both parties are close to an agreement on the extension of the contract.
At the beginning of 2019, Van Aert made the switch from Vérandas Willems-Crélan to Jumbo-Visma. In Dutch service, the now 27-year-old Belgian grew to the world top on the road. In January 2021, he already extended his contract by three years until the end of 2024. Now a commitment until the end of 2026 is in the making, which should be announced shortly.
While employed by Jumbo-Visma, Van Aert won the green jersey in the Tour de France, nine stages in the Tour, Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and E3 Saxo Bank Classic. to win.
At the New Year’s reception in 2021, the then CFO of Jumbo Supermarkets Ton van Veen already expressed the business interest in connecting Van Aert to the team for longer. “Wout van Aert is very important to us for building brand awareness in Belgium. And loading the Jumbo brand in Belgium.”
Wout van Aert in the last Tour de France. Photo: Cor Vos
Van Aert has indicated several times in interviews in the past year that he is enjoying himself at Jumbo-Visma. After the final time trial he won in the last Tour de France, Van Aert was moved to tears. “I’m really emotional. To win the Tour as a team is very special. Today is really a dream scenario. Jonas (Vingegaard, ed.) is such a strong guy, but above all a good guy. I want to thank the whole team for three special weeks. It’s unbelievable,” said Van Aert immediately after the finish.
After a short break after the Tour, Van Aert first finished second in the BEMER Cyclassics in Hamburg and then won the Bretagne Classic last Sunday.