Joris Nieuwenhuis returns to cyclocross roots

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After spending almost six years with Team DSM; two as part of the Development program and four with the Men’s program, Joris Nieuwenhuis returns to his cyclocross roots ahead of the winter season and plans to further his studies.

Joining the team in 2017, Nieuwenhuis immediately tasted success by winning the cyclocross U23 World Championships in brilliant fashion. Since then, Nieuwenhuis has found the space to grow as a rider and a person combining both road racing with his passion for cyclocross as he progressed through the ranks and made the step-up to the Men’s program. A punchy rider, Nieuwenhuis has helped the team to many successes throughout his years with the team and brought a relaxed and personable attitude with him wherever he went. On the bike this culminated with Nieuwenhuis riding the Tour de France twice with the team, alongside several Monuments, and a podium finish at Paris-Tours in 2020 his highlight result.

Nieuwenhuis expressed: “I’ve been thinking for some time that I wanted to focus fully on cyclocross and I’m glad we were able to come to a nice conclusion together. When I started with the team it was really with a bang as I took the U23 cyclocross title and ever since then I felt like I’ve continued to grow. As a young kid, I never thought I could ride the Tour de France but as you grow, you do more and more big races, then suddenly it seemed possible. I don’t have a specific highlight but working through all the years together and the whole process of that is quite a nice journey – not only as a rider but also as a person. That for me is the highlight, the journey with everyone – from someone as an U23 who knew little about road racing, to riding the Tour de France. I can look back fondly on my six years with Team DSM, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “Joris joined us as an U23 rider and it has been great to see him come out of his shell and grow as a rider and person over the last six years. Off the bike he’s a great guy who brings a nice atmosphere wherever he goes, and on the bike he’s a rider we could rely on, and who would always give it his all, no matter what. We are looking forward to following his progress as he takes on a full cyclocross program, and we wish Joris the best of luck.”