Team DSM recruit Patrick Bevin and Harm Vanhoucke

Rider Announcements

Team DSM are delighted to reveal that Patrick Bevin and Harm Vanhoucke will join the team next season. Vanhoucke will ride in the team’s colours until at least the end of 2024, while Bevin will wear the distinctive two-striped jersey through 2025.

Patrick Bevin (NZL)

Hailing from New Zealand, the experienced Bevin honed his race craft in the American and Oceanian continental scene before turning professional in 2016. Since then the versatile Bevin has performed well on a multitude of terrain; winning the New Zealand national time trial championships in 2016 and 2019, a discipline in which he also claimed an impressive fourth at the World Championships in 2019. It was that season that Bevin took his first WorldTour win, powering to sprint victory on the uphill drag to the line in Angaston at the Tour Down Under, highlighting his punch on the short climbs. 2022 has been Bevin’s most successful year in the peloton so far with a brilliant ride at the Tour of Türkiye where he climbed with the best and took an aggressive, attacking stage win and along with it secured the overall title. Swiftly following that up at the Tour de Romandie he sprinted to a strong and clear win from a reduced group after a tough day out; once again highlighting his speed and ability to handle the climbs.

Bevin said: “I am looking forward to joining an organisation with a strong ethos and professional environment at Team DSM. I believe that I can bring a lot to the team with my experience as a rider, but also in turn get more out of myself as an athlete with them too. I’m looking forward to the coming years with the team.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “Patrick is an experienced professional having spent several years in the bunch, showing off his all-round abilities. He’s taken time trial wins, reduced or uphill sprint wins combined with some strong climbing performances. We’re looking forward to working with him and we think that there is still more to get out of his talent. Especially when we look to the sprints after hard days, but also over the hills in general – he has a rider profile that we think suits the hilly classics.”

Harm Vanhoucke (BEL)

Vanhoucke had a successful few seasons as an U23 rider, especially on more challenging climbing routes, taking wins at Piccolo Giro di Lombardia and a tough stage at Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc to name a few. Now into his fourth year as a professional in the WorldTour he has made steady progress year-on-year with impressive stage podium results over testing terrain at the Giro d’Italia in both 2020 and 2021, including the infamous white roads stage. Due to his good climbing abilities, Vanhoucke has also shown his potential to pick up solid GC results over the course of his career so far with second on GC at the Tour de l’Ain in 2021 alongside a recent and hard-fought second overall at the Sibiu Cycling Tour and fifth on GC at this year’s Tour of Türkiye. Looking ahead, Vanhoucke aims to continue his development as a rider and build on those climbing talents with the team.

Vanhoucke said: “I am looking forward to joining Team DSM. I was attracted to the guidance in the team and how in general riders improve with them. They are also a team that has already had a lot of GC successes in Grand Tours in the past and have a lot of knowledge. It will be a new step in my career, and I am curious to see how I will improve as rider with them and what I can learn from the team as well as the more experienced riders.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna continued: “Harm had a really good U23 career and has taken steps in his development each season as a pro. He’s more of a traditional pure climber but someone that has also taken good GC results because of that, such as in the Tour de l’Ain last season and at the Tour of Türkiye and Sibiu Cycling Tour this season. We want to give him the opportunity to further improve and step-up his climbing abilities even more with the team. Still only 25 years old, he has the room to improve, and we think he can make that progression with a specific and well-designed training and race program for the right races.”