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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.
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.
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.
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.