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Team DSM continue their journey with multiple members of their Tour de France roster

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Team DSM are thrilled to announce the contract extensions and renewals of several of their Tour de France squad; with Nils Eekhoff, Chris Hamilton, Martijn Tusveld and Kevin Vermaerke all continuing their journey with the team. Hamilton and Vermaerke will ride in the team’s colours until at least the end of 2025, while Eekhoff and Tusveld will pull on the Team DSM jersey through the 2024 season.

 

Nils Eekhoff (NED)

Having risen through the ranks of Team DSM’s Development program Eekhoff has made progress year-on-year with the team. In his first year in the professional ranks after his promotion to the Men’s program, he took a superb second at Dwars door het Hageland and the Dutch national road race championships; before he played an instrumental role in the team’s win at Bretagne Classic. 2021 saw a strong performance at Boucles de la Mayenne before he made his Tour de France debut.

Eekhoff said: “I’m really happy to extend my contract with Team DSM; I think we are a perfect fit. The team showed a lot of trust in me during periods of bad luck but also in general too, and I show that trust back in them – we have a really good relationship. After several seasons with the team so far, I’m excited to be continuing here for many more years to come where hopefully we can continue to push each other to get better.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “After a year of bad luck for him, we’re looking forward to getting back on track with Nils as he continues to develop as a rider on and off the bike. We want to help him progress to being the best that he can be with a focus on the classics; where we see that his skillset lies. Yet, Nils is also a great team player and he’s shown at high level races like the Tour de France he is also strong in the lead out and that’s also where we want to develop too.”

Chris Hamilton (AUS)

A stalwart of Team DSM, Hamilton is currently in his sixth season with the team after turning professional back in 2017. A culture carrier on and off the bike, Hamilton an exemplary professional and more than happy to give his all for his teammates. A strong climber, Hamilton himself has picked up some great results when riding as a finisher, including a breakthrough sixth place on GC at the Tour Down Under in 2019. Last year saw him take his first Grand Tour stage podium places too, with brilliant rides netting a second and third at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España respectively. 2022 has seen Hamilton once again show off his climbing prowess, often up there in the tough finales, riding superbly in support of the team’s goals – something he hopes to continue in the years to come.

Hamilton explained: “I was happy to be given the opportunity to extend my contract with Team DSM. The past five and a half years have been really good for me and I feel well at home in the team environment. I get along really well not only with the riders but the staff as well. For me it’s a happy place to be and I look forward to what we have planned together in the next three years.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna continued: “Chris has been with the team for a while now and he’s really grown as a person with us. He’s showing himself more and more off the bike in a captain’s style role which is great, and he’s always willing to work hard for the team’s goals. He’s a very loyal and person and is fantastic at his job. On the bike, he also continues to take steps each year and has showcased his talents as a climber; especially this year at the Giro and the Tour where he is often up there providing strong support; or in previous seasons where he’s had the chance to be the finisher.”

Martijn Tusveld (NED)

Joining Team DSM in 2018, Tusveld has spent five 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. The years since have saw Tusveld’s development continue where he played an important part in the team’s double GC podium finish at the Giro d’Italia in 2020, and that trajectory has continued into this season where he took his first ever Grand Tour top five stage placing with a fifth place at the Giro d’Italia. Building on his continued development, Tusveld is looking forward to continuing his journey with the team.

Tusveld said: “Upon joining the team in 2018 I’ve been made to feel at home and welcome here. I think it’s a really nice environment with a great group of people who I get on with, both on and off the bike. I feel like I’m getting stronger as a rider year-on-year with the team and I want to continue making those steps and progressing. I’m excited to see what the years to come bring.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “Martijn has really developed himself into a strong all-round rider who has good power for the flat but he can also climb well too. It was great to see him showcase his legs in the breakaway at the Giro with is fifth place. We have a lot of respect for each other and we can discuss things openly. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can continue to do with the team as he continues his strong GC support role and stage hunting.”

Kevin Vermaerke (USA)

Settling in well upon his arrival into the team in 2021, Vermaerke’s first season in the professional ranks saw him ply his trade over a multitude of terrain; sampling a mix of classics and stage races, where he rode in a strong support role. 2022 has seen Vermaerke’s upward trajectory continue as he continues to find his feet in the peloton. The year started off well with an 11th place on GC at the Tour of Oman which included two top-ten stage finishes, before helping the team throughout the classics. Building form well, Vermaerke claimed his best pro result so far with a fighting fourth place from the breakaway at the Dauphiné and carried that into his first ever Grand Tour start at the Tour de France. The opening week saw him ride brilliantly in support of the team’s goals before an unfortunate crash saw him abandon on stage eight. Leaving the race early has only motivated Vermaerke to show himself even more with the team in the future.

Vermaerke expressed: “After starting out my WorldTour career with Team DSM, it’s been a great journey so far, and especially this year I feel as if the team and I have really taken big steps together towards the top of the sport.  I feel at home here and I’m very excited to stay with the team through the end of 2025 and put 100 percent focus towards continuing my progression in the sport. The team has put a lot of belief and trust in me as a young rider and I am looking forward to continuing this great relationship.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna continued: “Still relatively young, Kevin has settled in really well at the team. This year especially he has really shone and grown as a rider and an athlete off the bike too, coming more out of his shell. He’s a committed individual who always gives his all for the team. On the bike his level has continued to increase and he’s been able to show himself in difficult terrain; either on the attack or in support of the team’s goals. It’s a real shame he had to abandon the Tour but we’re confident that he will bounce back and continue to improve his level in the right direction.”