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Chris Hamilton signs extension with Team DSM after strong Giro

Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) had been set to hit the open market at the end of the season, but instead has signed on for a further two years with the German squad after impressing at the Giro d'Italia.

104th Giro d'Italia 2021 - Stage 12

Chris Hamilton of Team DSM in the break during Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia. Source: Getty

Since turning professional with the team in 2017, Hamilton has steadily progressed year-by-year, growing as an athlete both on and off the bike. Racing in different tactical roles and regularly an excellent part of the climbing support block, Hamilton has shown that he is more than happy to take on whatever role is needed at that race to contribute to bringing home the best possible results for the team.

When given the role to be the finisher on behalf of the team he has shown his quality and class on the bike, with sixth place on GC at the 2019 Tour Down Under where he also won the white jersey, alongside eighth on GC at the Tour de Pologne that same year.

He was an integral member of the team’s solid seventh place finish on GC at this year's Giro d’Italia, where he also claimed his best result as a pro; a well-fought and richly deserved second place over a testing parcours from the breakaway. He also lit up the final mountain stage at the Giro alongside fellow Aussie Michael Storer and team leader Romain Bardet when attacking from long-range to help shunt Bardet up in the overall standings.

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Hamilton spoke of coming to make the decision to stick with the team he turned professional with back in 2017.

"It was a pretty easy decision for me when I was given the opportunity to extend with the team," said Hamilton. "The past four and a half years have been great, and the support has always been really good here.

"It’s both a highly ambitious, as well as a nice environment that I work well in and I’m looking forward to the coming two years ahead with the team.”



Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna explained the decision from the team's perspective.

“We’re really happy to continue and extend our contract with Chris," said Kemna. "As a team, we really like the way that we cooperate and we have a very good working relationship. Chris brings added value to the team both on and off the bike, and we are confident that this trend will continue in the upcoming years together.

"He is an excellent team player who is fully committed to our goals and he always brings a nice atmosphere to a group. We are confident that Chris is capable of continuing to contribute to bring home nice results for the team, both in an important support role and also in the role as finisher on some occasions, and together we will build on the strong foundations that we have in place to do that.”

Hamilton's next race will be the Baloise Belgium Tour, starting on June 9.


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Published 8 June 2021 at 9:11am
By SBS Cycling Central
Source: SBS