- Place: Sint-Martens-Bodegem
- Birth: 02/07/1985
- Country: BEL
- Height: 184 Cm
- Weight: 78 Kg
- Pro debut: 2008
- Career path:
CLASSICS ARE HIS BREAD AND BUTTER. Roelandts will aspire again to offer his best level on the Flemish cobblestones in 2019. Other than being the Blues’ main reference for the Northen classics, he knows one of his main duties will be taking care of the team’s leaders at flat stages and support them wherever there’s strong winds.
PRESTIGIOUS PODIUM FINISHES. A strong rouleur (1.84m, 78kg), his conditions have allowed him ammassing a very decent palmarès, that includes a podium finish in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (3rd, 2013) and a 2nd place in the E3 Harelbeke (2011), together with a 3rd spot in Milano-Sanremo (2016) and a Belgian road race title, notched up in 2008.
FULL OF EXPERIENCE. The 33-year old joins the Movistar Team from the BMC Racing Team, with which he’s achieved two victories in 2018: the final stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana -ahead of top sprinter Danny Van Poppel- and the Gullegem Koerse, where he bested the prestigious of Greg van Avermaet, Oliver Naesen or Sep Vanmarcke. Jürgen will be only the second Belgian rider to compete for the Abarca Sports organisation in its 40 years of history -a milestone to be reached in 2019-, the only to date being Francis Vermaelen (in 1983).
He doesn’t fear switching to a predominantly Spanish-speaking squad, and he defends himself well with that language thanks to a very special ‘teacher’: his wife, Agnes. She’s got daul citizenship -Spanish and Belgian- because her father is from Asturias.
Jürgen already knew some of his current team-mates before joining the Movistar Team in 2019. He’s got a very fluid relationship with Jasha Sütterlin and, above all, Rafa Valls, whom he had met earlier as they shared teams at Lotto-Soudl, before Roelandts moved to BMC in 2018.