New recruits, extensions and promotions for Team DSM with Joost Brinkman, Tim Naberman, Martijn Tusveld and Sam Welsford

Rider Announcements

Photo Credit: Cor Vos

Team DSM further strengthen across the board in two of their program’s with today’s announcement. Development Team DSM recruit Joost Brinkman as of next year, and after three great seasons in the Development program, Tim Naberman is now the twelfth rider to be promoted to the Men’s program. He will be joined by the experienced Martijn Tusveld who extends with the team, alongside new Australian rider Sam Welsford. Tusveld is contracted for 2022, with Brinkman, Naberman and Welsford all to wear the team’s jersey through 2023.

Joost Brinkman (NED)

A multi-discipline cyclist in his formative and junior years, Brinkman has competed on the road, cyclocross and mountain bike to multiple successes and strong results. A gold medallist in the Dutch junior mountain bike championships, Brinkman also has impressive results in cyclocross including a fifth place over the sand at Zonhoven as a first-year junior. 2021 has seen Brinkman focus more on the road where he’s taken several strong top tens; with a ninth and fifth place on GC at Ronde des Vallées Juniors and Course de la Paix Juniors respectively; finishing second on stage two in the latter. The powerfully built Dutchman’s season highlight came at the GP Bob Jungels where over the punchy and challenging course, he sprinted to an excellent win.

Brinkman said: “I want to join Team DSM to have a head start in my cycling career as an U23 rider. I’ve had a pretty good season as a junior and really wanted a team that could help me develop in all the segments of the sport; both physically and mentally. Team DSM really gave me a great vibe as a very professional team with a strong Development program. I think it’s a great place to get the most out of myself as a rider. I had great fun meeting both staff and riders at team meeting and I’m already really looking forward to the first races with this amazing group next year.”

Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Joost is a powerful and strong rider, who’s shown some great results in different disciplines as he’s progressed through the ranks and into the juniors. With his cyclocross and mountain bike background his handling and skill on the bike is at a good level and that’s something valuable. Despite this experience, we will give Joost the chance to develop in a complete way and not focus on only one discipline and with our team of experts and specialists, combined with his ambitious attitude, we feel that he is in the right place to do just that.”

Tim Naberman (NED)

After three good years with Development Team DSM, Naberman continues his journey with the team in 2022 as he makes the step up to the Men’s program. A strong rouleur and baroudeur, Naberman’s great attitude sees him fit in with the team well, often selflessly working on the front of the peloton to help the team’s finishers or going on the attack in breakaway days. Learning a lot from his time riding alongside the Men’s program riders already in tough Pro level races, Naberman aims to use that experience going forward with the team in the coming years.

Naberman expressed: “I am super happy to extend my contract with Team DSM and make the step up to the Men’s program – it’s a dream come true. I really like working with the team and the atmosphere we have here; I feel that we can be honest to each other and are treated equally. This makes it a pleasure to work with the team and makes me really feel at home. Coming into this season we made the plan to focus more on captainship, something that I really like and get a lot of pleasure from. My goal is to become a rider who is important in the difficult moments, in and outside of the races. This is something I want to keep on developing during my next years with the team. I want to make the next step in my development and be a rider that they can really count on – on and off the bike.”

Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna continued: “Tim continues to make steps with the team each year. He’s vocal within the group at a race, both on and off the bike, and he can read race situations well which alongside his character makes him a good captain. We want to build on the foundations we’ve made with Tim and push his development to the next level as he makes the step up to the WorldTour with our Men’s program.”

Martijn Tusveld (NED)

Joining Team DSM in 2018, Tusveld has spent four good years with the team so far where his all-round capabilities have shown through; both in support of the team’s finishers or when he’s been the rider to go for a result. Strong-willed and determined, Tusveld fought back after a tough crash in Paris-Nice 2019, before going on to help the team claim a top ten finish in the Vuelta that year alongside a solid tenth on GC himself at the Tour of Guangxi. 2020 saw Tusveld’s development continue where he played an important part in the team’s double GC podium finish at the Giro d’Italia, and that trajectory continued in 2021 with more strong rides in support at the Vuelta a España, plus the KOM jersey win at Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var.

Tusveld said: “I had some really good, open discussions with the team this year about my role and how we work together, so I am confident that we’re in a really good place to move forward together. Every single person in the team knows what to do and what their role is, so everything works smoothly both in and outside of the races. Personally, I just want to keep racing a lot and try to develop further as one of the more experienced riders within the team, so that I can help the younger talents in their development too.”

Team DSM coach Rudi Kemna added: “Martijn has been with us now for four years and he’s developed into a strong all-rounder, making step-by-step progressions. We had some open and honest discussions earlier in the year about how we are working together and made a good plan with each other going forward. I think Martijn showed that with his strong showing at the Vuelta, we’re continuing to make those steps. He also has a resilient character and is someone that gives his all, which is something that we really appreciate as a team. We’re looking forward to carrying on working with Martijn and help him develop even further as an athlete and person.”

Sam Welsford (AUS)

Combining track and road in recent years, 25-year-old Welsford has tasted success in both disciplines throughout his career so far. The 2020 Australian criterium champion has taken several wins and strong results while racing Down Under, alongside other great results in kermesses during his brief stints racing in Europe. It is on the boards where Welsford has been the most prodigious though, adorning the rainbow bands after success in the men’s team pursuit at the 2016, 2017 and 2019 track world championships: with the Australian also winning the scratch race in 2019 too. Looking ahead to his first season with Team DSM, Welsford will switch his focus fully to road racing.

Welsford said: “I’m really happy to be joining Team DSM for 2022. Team DSM are a team that are known for developing riders to a really high level and I can’t wait to work with all the driven staff and riders. Next year will be about learning the ins and out of the WorldTour sprints but hopefully I can learn quickly and help the team to achieve some nice results along the way.”

Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna continued: “Sam has spent a lot of time racing on the track and he brings that power and experience with him as he makes the switch to full-time road racing with us. Motivated and driven, we think Sam will fit in well with our way of working and we’re looking forward to working closely with him and our team of experts as we aim to help him make the next step and bring him to the next level. Combining the disciplines in the past, Sam has built up some really good skills with positioning and tactics and he’ll bring that added value to our sprint group within the team as we aim for more success next season.”