The first time i hear his name was at the begining of 2018 when he beat the KOM of Coll de Rates (was Tejay previous record holder) at the Coloquick camp, he did like 13 minutes at 6,7 w/kg or something like that, not bad at all for a no pro rider at that time, this "achievement" was recorded in a video by the director of Coloquick.
Then I saw that Feltet web (previously cyclingquotes) and in particular the dane Emil Axegaard was always writing about him, about his monstruous VO2 Max and other values, being that the reason of the contract with Jumbo Visma, they were searching for other young riders more known but the test of Jonas was just supossedly mindblowing, he just had a lot of health issues during his U23 days (like a leg fracture in 2017 and also a concusion in 2018 the day after he won the Uphill TT of Vall de Aosta).
In 2019 I expected a lot from him because all the directors of Jumbo Visma talked about his great potential, he did nothing until the last stage of the Basque Country and one of the Hammer Series where he was flying up the climbs, but it was that stage in Poland that he won after throwing many kms for Tolhoek when I really saw that potential that they said so much, it was quite an exhibition by a neopro, for example if Remco or another young talent with the name was doing this, all the fans would have noticed much more , he was also very strong for his small physique in the Tour or in the flat TT of Denmark and in the small climbs of the "hard stages", being the strongest cyclist of these races, but he was a bit wrong with the tactics and toughness was also lacking for him.
So for 2020 and 2021 I was watching him closely and waiting for his real breakthrough, for me he was the real talent of the Jumbo Visma stage racers and not kuss, Foss or even Wout (just talking about GC), also because Roglic , Zeeman, Kuss and Niermann were talking for years that in practice and testing he was only second to Roglic in Jumbo since his first year in 2019, they called him Danysh Dynamite or some shitty nickname
In fact, at the 2021 Tour, I was texting daily with a cycling commentator who had also taken a lot of notice of Jonas and from the beginning I said I could do top 5 or podium, but somehow I have to admit it was more. a wishful prediction than a real prediction.
But I understand that for most fast cycling fans it was someone quite unknown, because if I hadn't come across the Coll de Rates video by chance and all the stories on that Danish website that I usually only read for race previews What does Axegaard obviously not have followed him so closely.
Weird to have a genuine potential TDF winner from Denmark. Michael Rasmussen was shortlived (and wasnt really viewed as one apart from a few weeks), so thats pretty good. Vingegaard is not a super peak GT-rider or a totally specialized GT rider either which his spring last year showed, so I have very high expectations for him in this spring. Also with how the leaders hierarchy is right now on Jumbo, he should be very motivated to show how good he is early and often.
Who's that?You haven't heard about Bjarne Riis?
Began following cycling in the mid 00's, so I wouldnt remember him.. Funny thing is, Im quite sure if I watched racing during that era, I wouldnt have been one of his bigger fans. At least thats how I feel about him right now as the tactics/expert/know-it-all type of guy he is right now.
Can you honestly remember what you thought when you were 4, or is it something you have been told that you expressed at the time? I don't have any direct memories of what I watched before I was nearly six, I think.I watched the Tour he won but I was 4 years old so the extent of knowledge I had about it was that I was wondering how he didn't heat too much up given how he got a new yellow jersey on top of the one he already had on every day...
Can you honestly remember what you thought when you were 4, or is it something you have been told that you expressed at the time? I don't have any direct memories of what I watched before I was nearly six, I think.
I'm pretty sure I've always said it was 32.
Jonas was there tooJumbo Visma currently runs on two speeds. The ones that were in Tenerife during February... and the ones that were not. And even though Jonas managed to win last week (and let's face it, not a lot of top riders really took those races seriously), the difference between the two groups seems to be... substantial.
Just for reference, the list of riders that were part of the altitude camp: Roglič, van Aert, Laporte, Kruijswijk, Benoot, Van der Sande, Teunissen, Dennis and Van Hooydonck.
Jumbos generally raise their form for 2 or 3 levels during those training camps. As will be the case before the Tour in Tignes.
Jonas was there too
Cool to hear from one of those people who translate the Feltet.dk previews. One correction, though; Feltet was first (it became an adult last year with its 18th birthday), then they launched CyclingQuotes but that wasn't financially viable, so they had to close it after around three years. Emil had basically been running that site by himself and when it was closed, he was brought over to Feltet to do live updates and previews which meant there was only regular articles to do for the rest of the staff.