'Never Lose Hope' - Behind the scenes documentary shines new light on Team Visma | Lease a Bike's 2024 Giro d'Italia struggles

After their all-conquering dominance of the Grand Tours in 2023, Team Visma | Lease a Bike had a lot more difficulty and misfortune at the 2024 Giro d'Italia. In a new behind the scenes documentary, you can the see the team's struggles like never before.

Dropping today (Friday, 14th of June, 2024) on the official YouTube channel of Team Visma | Lease a Bike, 'Never Lose Hope: Inside the Beehive', you can go behind the scenes of the 2024 Giro d'Italia at the Dutch-based team. From the highs of Olav Kooij's victory on stage 9 and Cian Uijtdebroeks' impressive performances in the general classification and time spent in the White Jersey of best young rider, to the lows of the disappointing abandons of both the aforementioned duo through illness and both Robert Gesink and Christophe Laporte after crashes.

Above all however, the documentary opts to put a positive spin on the opening Grand Tour of the season, displaying Team Visma | Lease a Bike's never say die attitude and constant optimism despite all the adversity suffered.

"A first stage win in a Grand Tour, crashes, eight days in the white jersey, illness, but above all: a team that never loses hope. Our Giro d’Italia was full of mixed emotions," reads the video's description. "Team Visma | Lease a Bike entered the first Grand Tour of the year with the goal of winning as many stages as possible. Relive from within the team how we worked towards the first stage win in a Grand Tour by our homegrown talent Olav Kooij. See how the team coped with the withdrawals of Robert Gesink, Christophe Laporte, Kooij and white jersey wearer Cian Uijtdebroeks. And how Jan Tratnik, Tim van Dijke, Edoardo Affini, and Attila Valter never lost hope on the road to Rome."

The team's Tour de France ambitions are currently very much up in the air also with the superstar duo of Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard facing a race against time to be fit for the Grand Tour. If this documentary is anything to go by however, we can expect to see Team Visma | Lease a Bike fighting and scrapping for everything regardless of who is wearing the jerseys.

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