Team DSM 2023


This page is about the professional Team DSM 2023 men.
The Dutch team is one of the 18 teams racing in the 2023 UCI World Tour which includes the three Grand Tours.

Over time I will add links to each rider and their respective bike. Consider this page as a hub in constant update mode through the racing season as I gather small details about the DSM riders and their bikes.

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DSM Team’s 2023 Season

BARDET Romain (TEAM DSM) on his Scott Foil RC 2023
Tour de France 2022 – Stage 16 – BARDET Romain (TEAM DSM) on his Scott Foil RC 2023 / Credits A.S.O./Pauline Ballet

Team DSM 2023 is composed of 30 riders. Nine new riders are joining the team to replace the nine men leaving at the end of the 2012 season.
Also, four new coaches are joining the team replacing three leaving coaches.
Team DSM ended the 2022 season ranking 20th in the UCI World Tour.

As a WorldTour team, Team DSM is racing the complete 2023 UCI World Tour calendar including the Milan-San Remo, Tour de France, Giro D’Italia, La Vuelta a Espana, Paris-Roubaix, Tirreno-Adriatico, Amstel Gold Race, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Paris-Nice, Tour des Flandres, Criterium du Dauphine, etc…

DSM Team starts its racing season on the Santos Tour Down Under 2023, in South Australia. DSM has four Australian riders and one New Zealander on its roster list.
It is a great opportunity for the DSM team’s local riders to shine on their roads.

The DSM Team roster is composed of a good balance of experienced General Classification type of riders, like Romain Bardet and Chris Hamilton, and classic type of riders like John Degenkolb, and Harm Vanhoucke, Team DSM focuses mainly on Grand Tour racing and the spring classics including the Paris-Roubaix.

The Team’s Road Bikes

photo of Scott Foil RC 2023 of Team DSM
Scott Foil RC bike and model 2023 of Team DSM / Photo courtesy of DSM – El Toro Media

The Team DSM is racing on the Scott Foil RC 2023 model and Scott Plasma. The team raced with the Scott Foil RC 2023 throughout the Tour de France 2022 which indicates it might be the main bike for the whole racing season.
Increasingly, teams rely on only one “Do-it-all” race bike. The advanced technology of manufacturing allows to design and manufacture of lightweight aerodynamic bikes that fit sprinters and climbers universally.

This has the advantage of simplifying the logistics of the team since all of its riders have the same bike model.

For the 2023’s season Team DSM keeps a similar setup to the 2022 season.

details of Shimano Dura-Ace 12 Speeds of Team DSM' Scott bike
Shimano Dura-Ace 12 Speeds of Team DSM’ Scott bike / Photo courtesy of DSM / El Toro Media

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12-speed groupset equips the bikes. Since the 2022’s season, all the bikes on the World Tour are disc brakes type.
The Shimano wheels are rolling on Vittoria Tubeless and tubulars tires depending on the race’s profile.
The rider’s three contact points with the bike are the Syncros Tofino, Savona, and Belcarra saddle, Syncros stem/handlebar combo, and Shimano Dura-Ace pedals.

The Team DSM uses Shimano’s Bikefitting.com to fit its team rider with their bikes.
Since Shimano is an official supplier of Team DSM, the Shimano name on the chain stays confirms the Japanese Company’s sponsor status.

The Dura-Ace groupset is not tuned with any ceramic bearings. Shimano insists on using its groupset as designed, meaning using steel ball bearings, and Shimano chain lubricated with Weldite grease.

Wahoo provides GPS head units cycling computers, and Shimano the integrated Power Meter.

High technology Team Jersey

The riders of Team DSM wear Scott‘s Cadence, Centric, and Split helmets, Nalini Team cycling jersey and bib shorts, Driive sunglasses, and Shimano S-Phure cycling shoes.

I like Team DSM’s collaboration with Nalini to develop protective cycling jerseys and bib shorts.
It might take some time before this trickle down to “normal riders” but, I hope this gets retailed sometime.
By the way, Exte Ondo which sponsors Team Euskaltel has had something similar for a few years already.

The Team DSM uses Nalini Jersey and bib shorts made with Dyneema fibers.
DSM R&D Piet Rooijakkers challenged Nalini to develop team wear featuring protective fabrics.
The idea is to minimize the risk of injuries and energy consumption to recover during Grand Tours.
Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel at the same weight ratio.
To quantify how the Dyneema material is exceptionally strong; the riders wearing the DSM Nalini Dyneema jersey are fully protected up to 45 km/h.
While the Dyneema panels might be a bit abrased after a crash, depending on the impact the skin might still be a bit scratched, but this provides a reduction in wounds.
Unfortunately, the Nalini Dyneema cycling jersey is not available for retail yet.

This is part of the marginal gain strategies the professional cycling team uses to optimize their racing.

DSM Team Roster and Coach

The 30 riders of the Team DSM men are:
ANDRESEN Tobias Lund
BARDET Romain (1m84)
BEVIN Patrick
BITTNER Pavel
BRENNER Marco
COMBAUD Romain
DAINESE Alberto
DEGENKOLB John
DINHAM Matthew (2023-2025)
EDMONDSON Alex (2023)
EEKHOFF Nils
FLYNN Sean (2023-2024)
HAMILTON Chris
HEINSCHKE Leon
HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby
LEKNESSUND Andreas
MÄRKL Niklas
MAYRHOFER Marius
MILESI Lorenzo
NABERMAN Tim
ONLEY Oscar
POOLE Max
RODENBERG Frederik
STORK Florian
TUSVELD Martijn
VAN UDEN Casper
VANDENABEELE Henri
VANHOUCKE Harm
VERMAERKE Kevin
WELSFORD Sam

Founder & General manager: Iwan Spekenbrink
Directeur Sportif: Rudi Kemna

Assistant Directeurs Sportifs:
Albert Timmer
Ben Widdershoven
Bennie Lambregts
Dariusz Kapidura
Dekker Kelvin
Ferguson Callum
Gerben Heidstra
Guiberteau Christian
Hans Timmermans
Luke Roberts
Matthew Winston
Philip West
Pim Ligthart
Roy Curvers
Van Rhee Joey
Wilbert Broekhuizen

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You might also be interested in the Team DSM 2022 to compare with the 2023’s Team DSM.

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