Jumbo-Visma acquisition Van Hooydonck will assist Van Aert in classics

Van Hooydonck’s task will include assisting Wout van Aert and Mike Teunissen in the classics. “In addition, his time trial capabilities will come in handy during a team time trial or in a sprint train”, says sports director Merijn Zeeman.

Nathan Van Hooydonck is a nephew of Edwig Van Hooydonck, who won the Tour of Flanders in 1989 and 1991.

Edoardo Affini

Earlier, the Dutch WorldTour formation reinforced itself with the Italian Edoardo Affini. Just like Van Hooydonck, the 24-year-old Affini will be assigned a role as Van Aert’s helper in the classics.

Affini comes over from Mitchelton-Scott, where he’s working on his second year as a pro. He signed a contract for three seasons with Jumbo-Visma.