Johannes Staune-Mittet will step as much as the WorldTour in 2024 with Jumbo-VIsma on the energy of his general victory on the Giro Nextgen again in June. The 21-year rider spent three years studying his craft with the Jumbo-Visma Improvement Group and has received seven UCI races, principally in under-23 occasions.
In 2022, Staune-Mittet claimed two stage victories, the youth classification and the general win on the Ronde de l’Isard U23 stage race, in addition to the most effective younger rider jersey on the Czech Tour the place he completed fifth general.
This season, the Norwegian added a win on the one-day Giro del Belvedere (U23) earlier than making his mark on the Giro Nextgen in June. Halfway by means of the stage race, he climbed into the chief’s jersey by taking the win on stage 4 which ended with the ascent of the Passo dello Stelvio.
The Lillehammer-born rider rightly names the consequence on the Giro Nextgen because the spotlight of his years on the event squad.
“I had a unbelievable week there with the crew. I loved day-after-day, each on and off the bike. The crew spirit was unbelievable and took us to nice heights. A part of the success is all the way down to the chemistry. The friendship I’ve with the fellows off the bike is particular. I’m satisfied that this additionally brings outcomes.”
He’s wanting to step as much as the WorldTour subsequent 12 months, after having a style of the racing at that degree this 12 months.
“I am unable to wait to start out the brand new season. The races we did along with the WorldTour riders final season already tasted like extra”, says Staune-Mittet who received a stage on the Czech Tour.
“Hopefully, we are able to have much more success within the coming years. In any case, I really feel greater than prepared for the step up, not least due to the skilled help.”
Staune-Mittet does admit that he struggled within the junior ranks earlier than becoming a member of the Jumbo-Visma improvement crew.
“I had a tough time firstly,” he says. “I wasn’t certain I used to be in the best place as a bike owner. My second 12 months as a junior was difficult. Ultimately, I used to be very grateful for the prospect Jumbo-Visma gave me. I grabbed it with each palms.”
He credit the pinnacle of Jumbo-Visma’s improvement crew, Robert de Groot and sports activities administrators Robert Wagner and Sierk Jan de Haan for giving him the “very best steerage” in his three years with the squad.
“The most important step I took was on a psychological degree. I do know higher than anybody that good preparation is half the battle. It offers me extra peace of thoughts within the races, figuring out that I’ve ready in addition to I can. Because of the steps I’ve taken, I’ve been in a position to win a number of races.”
A crash on the primary stage of the Tour de l’Avenir ended his 2023 season early, and though he couldn’t race within the Tour of Lombardy and the Coppa Citta di San Daniele, the ultimate two races with the crew, he was on the sideline handing out bottles.
“Though I could not participate in these races, I requested if I might nonetheless go to Italy, if solely at hand out bottles. I wished to offer one thing again to the crew. I wished to complete what we began collectively a number of years in the past. These persons are enthusiastic about what they do. That enthusiasm may be very infectious.”
Staune-Mittet is one in every of three riders, together with Loe van Belle, and Per Strand Hagenes, graduating from the event crew to the WorldTour.