Michael Storer and Team DSM, King of the Mountains at the Vuelta

Vuelta a España

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After 21 hard fought stages where Team DSM were to the fore almost every day, their brilliant Vuelta a España drew to a fantastic conclusion in Santiago de Compostela – with Michael Storer standing atop the podium, claiming the famous polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains after an incredible team effort. 

Choosing their battles wisely throughout the race, Storer, Romain Bardet and the whole team were active on the mountain stages; riding aggressively and claiming three stage wins. On the back of those three incredible victories, it left Team DSM in a great position for the KOM jersey with both Storer and Bardet towards the top of the order, and Bardet moving into the jersey after stage 14. Riding tactically over the following mountainous terrain and the brutal climbs that the Vuelta had to offer, the squad ensured that someone in Team DSM colours secured mountain points; denying their nearest challengers. 

Aggressive racing on stages 17 and 18 saw the team do that just brilliantly with Bardet passing the jersey to teammate Storer after he picked up points while going all-in on the attack. Riding cohesively in a unit on the challenging stage 20, the team did enough to ensure that Storer ended the classification in first with Bardet in second – a result that is testament to the team’s great attacking riding at the race, and a jersey win the whole team can be proud of.

“I’m really happy, it’s more than I ever expected to do at this Vuelta,” said Storer. “I’m really proud of myself and really proud of the team’s efforts as well; we’ve worked incredibly well together to bring this home. We literally have made each other better here, the way we have worked together is incredible; it’s been a really good Vuelta for us. This jersey is really one for the team. We are super happy.”

Team DSM coach Matt Winston added: “I think we’ve had a really Grand Tour with three stage victories. Having the King of the Mountains jersey in the team for well over a week shows how strong we were at getting in the breakaways. As a result of that, we were picking up points with two different riders and ultimately ending it with Michael taking the jersey. It’s testament to the commitment and teamwork that we showed to be in those breakaways. It made those days really good and I think we can look back and be really proud of it. We also worked super hard on the sprint days for Alberto and to see the train working in the way it worked on several of those sprint days. We came close several times with three podiums in the sprints and I think we made some really good steps across the whole team this Vuelta.”