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.
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.
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.
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.