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DSM’s Dyneema® fiber powers Team Giant-Alpecin riders’ shorts in Tour de France 2015

Urmond (NL), 01 July 2015 - Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company and Team Giant-Alpecin today announced that the team’s riders will wear new protective cycling shorts in this year’s Tour de France. The new shorts feature a new fabric containing Dyneema® fiber to provide increased protection to the thighs.

DSM and Team Giant-Alpecin announced their innovation partnership in January 2015. The partnership aims to enable Team Giant-Alpecin to benefit from DSM's innovative power. Based on its extensive knowledge in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM will help to develop new innovations in the area of materials and nutrition with the potential to improve the performance and safety of the team's riders. Also the innovations will be brought to the market to benefit amateur cyclists as well.

DSM’s world’s strongest fiber, branded as Dyneema® is used in a novel fabric that is applied in the shorts to provide protection to the thigh-area, one of the most vulnerable areas for cyclists. The shorts meet the critical comfort requirements of the cyclist combined with enhanced protection, reducing the risk of serious injuries. This innovation builds on the technology that was previously developed by DSM for the Dutch cyclists in the 2012 Olympic Games.

The new shorts are the result of close cooperation between DSM scientists, their fabric manufacturing partner Taiana, Giant-Alpecin’s technical staff and their clothing supplier Etxeondo.

The shorts were presented during the presentation of the Tour de France selection of the team in Utrecht today. DSM’s Managing Board member Dimitri de Vreeze said:“We are proud to present these new shorts including our Dyneema® fiber. As an enthusiastic amateur cyclist myself, I know how important it is to feel confident, safe and comfortable in the saddle and just be able to concentrate on the sport. We wish the team’s riders success in their races and will continue to explore new ways to further contribute to their performance and safety.”

Iwan Spekenbrink, CEO of Team Giant-Alpecin commented: “We are delighted with the new shorts. To maximally focus on their performance, riders need to feel safe and comfortable. Unfortunately riders sometimes crash. The protection and safety offered by incorporating Dyneema® helps substantially in the reduction of wounds and injuries of the riders which give a positive impact on their performance.”

The partnership with DSM has provided Team Giant-Alpecin with three products so far. In addition to the new shorts the team riders have the availability of Culturelle® Health and Wellness with 100% Lactobacillus GG, the #1 most clinically studied probiotic strain, which plays a major role in supporting the body’s natural immune system and boosting digestive health – important benefits for professional cyclists who have to stay fit over the course of races that may take days or even weeks to complete.

Fast-recovery drinks are also available that contain Peptopro®, a protein hydrolysate originally developed by DSM for the 2004 Olympic Games, which has subsequently been improved in several key areas. PeptoPro® is a highly advanced peptide formulation that needs no digestion and can be absorbed quickly by the body for instant delivery to the muscles.

About DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

About Team Giant-Alpecin

Team Giant-Alpecin – founded by Iwan Spekenbrink in 2008 – currently consists of 27 riders. Alongside the five German riders are others from Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, USA and China. The team takes part in races belonging to the UCI EuropeTour, UCI AsiaTour, UCI AmericaTour and the UCI WorldTour. With 41 victories over the 2014 season, the riders have already reached the top spot on the podium in France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Dubai, Switzerland and Great Britain. Alongside the men’s team sits the women’s outfit, Team Liv-Plantur consisting of ten riders, from Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain.

For more information:
DSM Innovation Center
Leo Smit
tel. +31 6 5374 3324

Team-Giant Alpecin
Geert Broekhuizen
tel. +31 6 101 22 304

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