Team Sunweb’s Tom Stamsnijder (NED) is to hang up his wheels, retiring from professional cycling after the 2018 season due to a persistent injury which prevents him from performing at the highest level. Stamsnijder believes that now is the right time to move on and is happy to make the next exciting step in his career off the bike.
During his time with the team, 33-year-old Stamsnijder was a part of numerous successes with 12 Grand Tours and 18 Classics under his belt. To name a few, the Dutchman was a part of Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia and Paris-Roubaix winning teams and was a vital support rider to many other top results. Outside of his huge value on the bike, Stamsnijder was essential to the team in supporting the young riders and guiding them with his extensive experience of racing in the professional peloton.
Stamsnijder said: “I look back on a really great career. Together with the team we’ve reached so many highs and I’m thankful to have been a part of that. After 12 years on the highest level this is my moment to quit. I’ve had some problems with an injury over the past 1,5 years which hasn’t been easy. I’m really looking forward to focusing on my career outside of being a professional rider and I’m happy to have the opportunity to start a new chapter in my career with the team’s partner, DSM. During my time on the bike I realised how important innovation is. My role at DSM will involve analysing their recent innovations in nutritional ingredients, materials and suncare products, to see if these can enhance performance within Team Sunweb. I can’t wait to work on the crossroads of elite sports, high performance and innovation at DSM as a science-based company, becoming a part of the bridge between the team and DSM.”
Originating from this approach, innovations like protective shorts have been created using Dyneema® – the world’s strongest fiber™ alongside Fruitflow®, an innovative nutritional ingredient, which was introduced to Team Sunweb during this year’s Tour de France. The addition of Fruitflow® to the riders’ diet helps to reduce stress factors in the blood caused by high intensity efforts, improving blood flow and thus recovery. A completely natural product, it is based on anti-platelet compounds from tomatoes.
Team Sunweb’s head coach Rudi Kemna (NED) said: “We’re really grateful for the years we’ve had Tom as a rider in our team. Both on and off the bike Tom was a valuable team player and had his share in many of the successes that we’ve had as a team. It’s great that he will continue to work closely with the team in his new challenge with our partner DSM; this is a really exciting opportunity for him and we are delighted to benefit from his experience through his new role.”