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Team Sunweb

DSM is a proud innovation partner of Team Sunweb, the professional cycling team. Team Sunweb’s goal is to become a significant, sustainable, and recognizable party at the highest level of international cycling. Team Sunweb and DSM’s scientists and experts collaborate to improve the performance of the team through their health, nutrition and materials.

Health

A professional cyclist’s health is of paramount importance; to be able to manage the training and racing in premier cycling events like the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, cyclists need to be supremely fit. That’s why DSM, together with sport nutrition specialists Born Sportscare, have created tailored multivitamin supplements including vitamin D, lutein and zeaxanthin to help the cyclists improve their eyesight, build and maintain healthy bones, maintain healthy blood levels of calcium and phosphorus and modulate their immune system.

Born Sportscare's ISO PRO+ drink with DSM’s PeptoPro®

The ingredient Fruitflow® was originally discovered at the Rowett Research Institute by Professor Asim Duttaroy. The all natural anti-platelet ingredient Fruitflow was further developed and commercialized by Provexis and DSM. Fruitflow has a health claim approved by the European Food Safety Authority, stating that 150mg of Fruitflow ‘helps maintain normal platelet aggregation, which contributes to healthy blood flow’. It is used by Team Sunweb to help prepare for endurance exercise, because its effects on blood platelets help to reduce the inflammation generated during exercise, which can impact recovery.

Nutrition

After a race or training the riders need to recover quickly. Team Sunweb uses DSM’s PeptoPro® to aid recovery. Peptopro can be absorbed quickly by the body for delivery to the muscles and ensure a rapid recovery. It boosts muscle protein synthesis during and after exercise. Peptopro is included in Born Sportscare's ISO PRO+ drink.

Etxeondo's bib-shorts with DSM’s Dyneema®

Materials

Obviously, the leading professional cycling teams need every advantage in competition and use the latest in state-of-the-art equipment. DSM worked together with the team’s technical partner Etxeondo, a manufacturer of high-performance cycling race and training clothing, to develop the Team Sunweb’s bib-shorts which incorporate DSM’s Dyneema®, the world's strongest fiber™ to provide the cyclists with protection from abrasions in the event of an accident.