Gesink reflects on 'best years of my career' to join Roglic for three Vuelta wins

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 08: Primoz Roglic of Slovenia Red Leader Jersey, Robert Gesink of The Netherlands and Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen of Denmark and Team Jumbo - Visma / Champagne / Celebration / during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020, Stage 18 a 139,6km stage from Hipódromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid / @lavuelta / #LaVuelta20 / La Vuelta / on November 08, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Robert Gesink and Primož Roglič at the 2020 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images)

A top climbing domestique, and the only rider to have remained with Jumbo-Visma ever since he turned pro back in 2007, Robert Gesink has worked with plenty of leaders in his time. He’s also one of just three Jumbo-Visma racers to have ridden alongside Primož Roglič in all three of the Slovenian’s Vuelta a España wins.

Speaking to Cyclingnews during the Jumbo-Visma training camp in early January, Gesink explains why he feels Roglič is a great example for handling adversity, even for the most experienced of racers like himself. But the Dutchman also runs the rule over the team’s other leaders like Sepp Kuss and Tom Dumoulin, and outlines his own hopes and targets for 2022 as well. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.