Johannes Staune-Mittet, a rising 21-year-old Norwegian cyclist, is set to advance from the Jumbo-Visma development team to their WorldTour squad this winter. Following a triumphant stint with the development team, including a Giro Nextgen final victory and his first professional win, Staune-Mittet reflects on his rewarding time at the junior level.
In an interview, Staune-Mittet shared his experiences with the U23 team, highlighting the strong connections and friendships he formed. He candidly admitted initial doubts about his place in cycling but expressed gratitude for the opportunity Jumbo-Visma offered him, which he eagerly embraced.
The young rider from Lillehammer credited his significant development during this phase to the team’s support, particularly acknowledging Robbert de Groot, Robert Wagner, and Sierk Jan de Haan for their influential roles in his growth. Staune-Mittet emphasised that his most considerable progress was mental, learning the importance of thorough preparation and finding peace in knowing he was well-prepared for races.
Staune-Mittet pointed to the Giro NextGen as a career highlight, attributing the success to excellent team spirit and chemistry. He feels this camaraderie off the bike translates into results on the road.
Speaking about the Development Team, he praised their professional approach, feeling privileged for the insightful coaching and individual development plans. Staune-Mittet also reflected on learning the value of rest and maintaining composure.
Despite an early end to his season due to a crash in the Tour de l’Avenir, Staune-Mittet’s dedication to the team remained steadfast. He requested to join the team in Italy for his final races with the Development Team, even if only to assist, as a gesture of gratitude and to complete their shared journey.
As he anticipates his move to the professional ranks, Staune-Mittet feels excited and well-prepared for the challenges ahead, thanks to the professional support and experiences gained with the Development Team.