Team DSM are happy to reveal the contract extensions of Romain Combaud and Niklas Märkl, with both riders set to wear the team’s colours until the end of the 2024 season.
Romain Combaud (FRA)
After spending all his career riding for French teams, Combaud made the jump and joined Team DSM ahead of the 2021 season. Settling in well and gelling with both riders and staff, his personable character has shone through. In the two years with the team so far Combaud has continued to progress as a rider; picking up some solid results at the start of the year. A true team player, Combaud is always more than willing to give his all for his teammates, working tirelessly in support of the team’s finisher with some strong riding. The 2022 season also marked his debut in a Grand Tour, with Combaud lining up in Budapest for the start of the Giro d’Italia.
Niklas Märkl (GER)
A fine product of the Team DSM’s talent days before joining the Development program, Märkl has been in the team’s structure since 2018 and turned professional with the Men’s program in 2021. Last season saw him make a smooth transition to the pro ranks, proving to be a valuable teammate in the early season classics and one day stage races. Towards the end of 2021 Märkl’s continued development shone through with a good tenth on GC at Tour de Slovaquie while also helping the team to a GC podium too, before a very impressive and attacking fifth place at Münsterland Giro. This year again has seen Märkl ride well to support the team in the one-day classics and helping the team’s sprint group to a win at the Tour of Türkiye and second overall at the recent Tour de Pologne.