Last week, Markus became Dutch champion and won the silver medal in the Dutch Championship Time Trial. The rider from the Dutch province of Noord-Holland is now preparing for the Tour de France Femmes, starting in Paris on 24 July.
Markus says she is happy with the confidence she is getting and is looking forward to the future. “I feel very much at home in this team. The approach and family atmosphere suit me well. We are coached both on a sports and a mental level. Because of this, I have grown as a rider and person in the past year and a half. Moreover, I get the space I need to develop myself in the discipline I like best: the time trial. I hope to qualify for the time trial at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. In addition, I would like to become an even better classification rider. I am confident that this is the right environment for that. I like to ride for a leader like Marianne Vos, but it is also nice to be able to ride for yourself every now and then. Within Team Jumbo-Visma, I get those possibilities.”
For team manager Esra Tromp the contract extension is an obvious choice. “Riejanne has shown good development in recent years. She has worked on her TT qualities and we can always count on her”, Tromp said. “Riejanne can ride on almost all types of courses. We expect that she can be important in the finals of major races in the coming years, so we will continue to work on that. In addition, Riejanne has a lovely personality. She is very cooperative, social, communicative and very ambitious. Exactly what we find important at Team Jumbo-Visma.”