After Ilan Van Wilder, Tiesj Benoot will leave DSM early. Our 27-year-old national broke his contract with the Dutch-German cycling team in mutual consultation and started working with Jumbo-Visma, Team Wout van Aert.
Martin Delvaux and Bram Vandecapelle
Tiesj Benoot made the switch from Lotto Soudal to Team DSM two seasons ago. In black and white wages, he finished second in Paris-Nice last year, eighth at Liege-Bastogon-Liege and tenth at the Flanders Grand Prix. This season, he finished fifth in the “Race to the Sun” and also achieved places of honor in the Flemish and Walloon classics. But as the season progressed, the relationship with the team became more and more strained.
Benoot and Team DSM have now found a brave way to get out together. Our citizen’s contract has been terminated. “During the 2021 season, it became clear that Benoot was not able to deliver on his promises, which was reflected in the performance on and off the bike,” Team DSM reports. “In the interest of a positive dynamic between the riders and staff of Team DSM, the team has subsequently collaborated to finalize the Benoot Agreement. Tiesj is a talented rider with great athletic ability who can perform in a variety of terrains. As a member of Team DSM, he has put in a great performance for which Team DSM is very grateful. “.
Officially, Benoot also maintains a strict politeness. “I have good memories here in Team DSM, with some great opportunities and I learned a lot. It is fun to be part of this team, but it also requires a lot. This is not negative towards the team. Many of the employees and specialists, as well as their teammates are very passionate, and this It’s why riders can get so much out of themselves. I just couldn’t get it all together. I wish the team, my teammates and my teammates all the best.”
Long list of departures from Team DSM
Benoot isn’t the first rider who can’t settle down with the powerful DSM squad. The German-Dutch team is known for its progressive science, the young riders showing themselves in a big way. In the past, the contracts of Marcel Keitel, Warren Bargoel, Edward Theon, Tom Dumoulin, Michael Matthews and Mark Hershey have already been cancelled. Recently, our young compatriot Ilan Van Wilder also canceled his contract with Team DSM and opted for Deceuninck – Quick-Step.
Tiesj Benoot moves to the Jumbo-Visma team. Our editors learned this from a good source. There he becomes a welcome reinforcement in the heart of Wout van Aert. “In principle, our team is ready, but we can still make room for exceptional opportunities,” team boss Meryn Zeman said last week. So Zeeman was referring to Pinot.