Richard Plugge's WorldTour squad has secured a new title sponsor, with the Norwegian software company Visma signing up to support both Team Jumbo's cycling and speed skating programmes. The squad will race as Team Jumbo-Visma in 2019.
"Thanks to the fruitful cooperation and the development that we have gone together, Jumbo dared to support our vision for a long and indefinite period of time," Plugge said in a press release.
Dutch supermarket brand Jumbo is set to take over primary sponsorship of the LottoNL-Jumbo squad next season, after penning a five-year contract with the WorldTour team. The deal also includes primary sponsorship of the speed skating team of the same name.
The news comes a day after the Dutch Lottery announced that it would end its main sponsorship of the team, which is owned by the umbrella company Team Oranje, at the end of this year.
The men's 1,000m speed skating event at the Winter Olympics may have been the most risqué event in Pyeongchang yet, thanks to a nearly-naked man in a tutu with a monkey pouch covering his privates.
Nope, this is not a joke.
Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands is the favorite.
The men’s 1000m long track final in speed skating gets underway on Friday night from PyeongChang, South Korea. With a number of strong skaters in the race, the final should be an exciting one.
Elise Christie may take up long-track skating after Winter Olympics pain
Elise Christie may take up long-track skating after Winter Olympic pain
Elise Christie will consider moving abroad to take up long-track speed skating – where there are far fewer opponents and crashes than in short track – in a bid to end her Winter Olympics jinx.
Christie also revealed her secret plan to retire and switch to another sport had she won gold.