Team dsm–firmenich PostNL (men's team)

Team dsm–firmenich PostNL (UCI team code: DFP[2]) is a Dutch professional cycling team at UCI WorldTeam level. The team is managed by Iwan Spekenbrink. The team is sponsored by the health, nutrition, and fragrances company DSM-Firmenich.[3]

Team dsm–firmenich PostNL
The team at the 2023 Paris–Nice
Team information
UCI codeDFP
RegisteredNetherlands (2005–2014)
Germany (2015–2021)
Netherlands (2022–)
Founded2005 (2005)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI Professional Continental (2005–2012)
UCI WorldTeam (2013–)
BicyclesColnago (2005)
Koga (2006–2011)
Felt (2012)
Giant (2013–2018)
Cervélo (2019–2020)
Scott (2021–)
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerIwan Spekenbrink
Team name history
2005 Shimano–Memory Corp
2006–2011 Skil Shimano
2012 Project 1t4i
2012–2013 Argos–Shimano
2014 Giant–Shimano
2015–2016 Team Giant–Alpecin[1]
2017–2020 Team Sunweb
2021–2023 Team DSM
2023Team DSM–Firmenich
2024–Team dsm–firmenich PostNL
Current season
A team car at the 2023 Tour de France
The team in 2005

History edit

The team was founded in 2005 under the name "Shimano-Memory Corp", sponsored by Skil and Shimano, and was based in the Netherlands.[4] Thanks to aggressive strategies during Paris–Nice in 2008 and 2009, the team was awarded a wildcard for the 2009 Tour de France, making it their first appearance in a Grand Tour.

After losing its sponsors at the end of 2011, the team adopted the name "Project 1T4i", standing for "team spirit, inspiration, integrity, improvement and innovation",[5] until a new sponsor was secured. Ahead of the Tour of Flanders on 1 April 2012, the team became Argos-Shimano following the announcement of a three-year naming rights contract with the Argos North Sea Group, an oil company based in the Netherlands.[6][7]

In 2012, the team received their second wildcard invitation to the 2012 Tour de France, along with three French-registered teams: Cofidis, Team Europcar and Saur–Sojasun.[8]

In December 2012 it was announced that the team would compete at the World Tour level for the 2013 season.[9]

In September 2014 German shampoo manufacturer Alpecin announced that they would co-sponsor the team alongside Giant for the 2015 season.[10] In December 2014 Sunweb (a Dutch-owned international tour operator) was announced as a new major sponsor of the team, signing a 2-year deal.[11]

On 23 January 2016 during training in Spain, six members of the team (John Degenkolb, Warren Barguil, Max Walscheid, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam) were hit by a car that was driven by an English tourist, who turned the wrong way into on-coming traffic.[12] For a time there was serious concern about some of them not only returning to ride in the 2016 season, but whether or not the accident might end their careers. Fortunately everyone recovered.[13]

On the first rest day of the 2016 Tour de France, the team announced that Sunweb would become a named sponsor of the team for the 2017 season, and the team would move their registration from the Netherlands to Germany.[4][14] In 2017, Team Sunweb won its first Grand Tour: the 2017 Giro d'Italia with Tom Dumoulin. At the 2017 Tour de France, the team won four stages and two major jerseys: Warren Barguil won the Mountains classification and Combativity Award while reaching 10th overall, and Michael Matthews won the Points classification. In 2018 the team rode in support of Tom Dumoulin, who finished second in both the 2018 Giro d'Italia and the 2018 Tour de France.

From the 2021 season, DSM took over title sponsorship of the team,[15] with the name changing to DSM-firmenich in response to a company merger shortly before the 2023 Tour de France.

Team roster edit

As of 14 January 2024.[16]
Rider Date of birth
  Tobias Lund Andresen (DEN) (2002-08-20) 20 August 2002 (age 21)
  Romain Bardet (FRA) (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 33)
  Warren Barguil (FRA) (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 32)
  Patrick Bevin (NZL) (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 33)
  Pavel Bittner (CZE) (2002-10-29) 29 October 2002 (age 21)
  Romain Combaud (FRA) (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 33)
  John Degenkolb (GER) (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 35)
  Matthew Dinham (AUS) (2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 24)
  Patrick Eddy (AUS) (2002-10-17) 17 October 2002 (age 21)
  Alex Edmondson (AUS) (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 30)
  Nils Eekhoff (NED) (1998-01-23) 23 January 1998 (age 26)
  Sean Flynn (GBR) (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 24)
  Chris Hamilton (AUS) (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 28)
  Fabio Jakobsen (NED) (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 27)
Rider Date of birth
  Gijs Leemreize (NED) (1999-10-23) 23 October 1999 (age 24)
  Enzo Leijnse (NED) (2001-07-16) 16 July 2001 (age 22)
  Emīls Liepiņš (LAT) (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 31)
  Niklas Märkl (GER) (1999-03-03) 3 March 1999 (age 25)
  Tim Naberman (NED) (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 25)
  Oscar Onley (GBR) (2002-10-13) 13 October 2002 (age 21)
  Max Poole (GBR) (2003-03-01) 1 March 2003 (age 21)
  Timo Roosen (NED) (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 31)
  Martijn Tusveld (NED) (1993-09-09) 9 September 1993 (age 30)
  Julius van den Berg (NED) (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 27)
  Frank van den Broek (NED) (2000-12-28) 28 December 2000 (age 23)
  Casper van Uden (NED) (2001-07-22) 22 July 2001 (age 22)
  Kevin Vermaerke (USA) (2000-10-16) 16 October 2000 (age 23)
  Bram Welten (NED) (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 27)

Major wins edit

National and world champions edit

2005
  Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
2008
  Japan Road Race, Hidenori Nodera
2012
  Japan Road Race, Yukihiro Doi
2014
  Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
2015
  Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
2016
  Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
2017
  Dutch Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin
  Austria Time Trial, Georg Preidler
  Dutch Road Race, Ramon Sinkeldam
  World Team Time Trial
  World Time Trial, Tom Dumoulin

References edit

  1. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Team Giant-Alpecin 2015". procyclingstats.com.
  2. ^ "Team DSM". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  3. ^ emily (13 June 2023). "New name, same team, same values: Team dsm-firmenich". Team DSM. Retrieved 24 June 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Profil of TEAM SUNWEB – Tour de France 2018". www.letour.fr. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ Sam Dansie. "1T4I unveils young squad with big ambition". Cyclingnews.com.
  6. ^ "1t4i-ploeg heet vanaf zondag Argos-Shimano" [1T4i-team is called Argos-Shimano from next Sunday on]. Sporza (in Dutch). Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  7. ^ Benson, Daniel (30 March 2012). "Argos-Shimano cycling team presented in Rotterdam". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Argos-Shimano receives Tour de France wildcard invitation". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Argos-Shimano Team celebrates its new WorldTour license". CyclingNews. Future Publishing Limited. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  10. ^ "German shampoo maker Alpecin to sponsor Giant". VeloNews. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  11. ^ Cycling News. "Sunweb signs two-year deal with Giant-Alpecin". Cyclingnews.com.
  12. ^ "John Degenkolb and Warren Barguil among six Giant-Alpecin cyclists hospitalised after being hit by a car". Irish Independent. 23 January 2016.
  13. ^ Editorial Staff (27 October 2016). "Mixed fortunes in 2016 for the six Giant-Alpecin riders involved in Calpe crash". Cycling News. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Giant-Alpecin confirm Sunweb as new title sponsor".
  15. ^ "Home".
  16. ^ "Team DSM". UCI. Retrieved 14 January 2024.

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