From the Olympics to the Tour De France and beyond, our innovative solutions and advanced technologies help teams and athletes raise their game and compete better than ever before.
In particular, our activities in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living gives us the expertise to improve an athlete’s performance - keeping them strong, healthy and performing for longer - and helping to create sport products that are stronger, safer and more sustainable.
Competitive sport is an arena built on fine margins; one where “every second counts”. Our solutions can deliver a competitive edge – and make all the difference between winning and losing. Whether it’s ultralight carbon hockey sticks and Team Sunweb’s Dyneema®-reinforced cycling shorts, or durable sails and sailing ropes, our science helps to athletes reach - and maintain - the peak of their abilities.
At DSM, we’ve been involved in the world of sport for many years. But we’re not done yet. That’s why we’re always looking for new partners and application areas where our solutions and expertise can aid and improve sports performance. For example, we recently announced an extension of our innovation partnership with Team Sunweb, and a new partnership with FC Basel – one of Switzerland’s most successful soccer teams.
That’s why, over the past few years, DSM has become a trusted innovation partner of Team Sunweb – and why we’ll be their partner until at least 2021. Our science-based solutions offer riders enhanced protection, improved recovery and, ultimately, superior performance. Because when you’re facing the final climb at Alpe D’Huez, Passo dello Stelvio, or Alto de l’Angliru, it’s the small things that will make all the difference.
In 2019, Team Sunweb will be tackling a series of high-profile events on the UCI World Tour, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Tour de Guanghxhi. The team’s riders will be making the most of a range of DSM-based solutions to both protect them from potential accidents and enable them to recover better from the challenges of professional cycling.
Team Sunweb will be wearing protective shorts reinforced with Dyneema® and provided with nutraceuticals Fruitflow® and PeptoPro® to aid post-race recovery.
While helmets play a crucial role in preventing severe injury, many riders still suffer from cuts, scrapes and road rash to other parts of their body. In competitive cycling, even relatively minor injuries can impact performance and post-race recovery.
Standard-issue protective clothing or padding can slow down and overheat the rider, compromising performance. So, drawing on their deep expertise in protective workwear, DSM’s innovators came up with a new solution: a lightweight, breathable protective fabric incorporating high-strength Dyneema® fibers. Over four years, protective fabric panels reinforced with Dyneema were used in the bib shorts worn by professional cycling team Team Sunweb, to protect the riders’ lower body in the event of crashes.
Based on the bib short's success, DSM’s innovators set themselves the new challenge of developing a lightweight baselayer worn underneath clothing to protect the torso and upper body. The specially designed layer was officially put into practice at the 2019 Tour de France.
With the use of cycle helmets increasing as a key safety feature worldwide, it is now time to start pushing the boundaries of overall body protection. The baselayer made with Dyneema is a perfect combination of comfort, performance and safety: now that’s what we call a victory!
PeptoPro® is an established brand in the world of sports nutrition. PeptoPro is a highly advanced peptide formulation derived from dairy protein. Containing all 20 amino acids needed for muscle protein synthesis, these molecules are so small, they need no digestion and can be absorbed quickly by the body for instant delivery to the muscle.
Fruitflow® harnesses the anti-platelet compounds of tomato fruit, which helps maintain normal platelet aggregation and is the first natural solution scientifically proven to contribute to healthy blood flowv
What’s more, we have some exciting innovations in the pipeline, which we will reveal during this year’s cycling season. Keen to stay up to date? Stay tuned here for for further announcements and follow events as they happen via social media.
Published 24 May 2019