In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, team manager Merjin Zeeman confirmed that the Dutch team operated on the second-lowest operating costs thanks to efficient management and better incentives for their riders.
‘Every WorldTour team receives a document from the UCI at the start of the year, which states the budgets of all teams. We were seventeenth,’ said Zeeman.
‘We have a leaner organisation and therefore lower costs. Our capital is on the bike. We are not large payers, but our riders have nice contracts. Only they earn less than they can with the richer teams.’
With over 50 victories, Jumbo-Visma were the second most successful team in 2019. They were also the only team to post a rider on the podium of all three Grand Tours with Roglic also taking third at the Giro d’Italia and Steven Kruijswijk getting the same result at the Tour de France.
The revelation that Jumbo-Visma are among the most meagre in the professional peloton may also come as a surprise when you consider their roster.
As well as Roglic and Kruijswijk, the team has Dylan Groenewegen, who took 15 wins this season, and triple cyclocross World Champion Wout van Aert who joined in January.
However, Zeeman revealed that Jumbo-Visma’s strong squad was not because of the depth of their pockets but the project the team are aiming for.
‘Money is not everything. It is also about where they can get better, for which they are willing to let money go,’ added Zeeman.
‘Van Aert chose us, even though we didn’t offer the most money. Roglic has broken open his contract and that has improved considerably, but of course, he is now the number one in the world. He could also earn more elsewhere, but he remained loyal to our project. The same applies to Dylan Groenewegen.’
The team will receive a budget increase for 2020, making it the eighth wealthiest in the WorldTour, however, it will still be some way short of market leaders Team Ineos.
This was not enough to prevent Jumbo from signing Tom Dumoulin, however, who comes across on 1st January from Team Sunweb in one of the most anticipated transfers of the off-season so far.
There is also the chance that Jumbo-Visma could become richer still for 2020 as rumours have linked the team to a new, major sponsorship deal with Dutch variety store retailer Hema.