'We have protocols in place to the aid of everyone': Team DSM sports director delivers impassioned response to claims of team being overly strict

The team picked up eight wins in 2021, three coming at the Vuelta a España

Team DSM
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Matt Wintson, sports director at Team DSM, has passionately defended the men's team work environment in the face of accusations of strictness and individuals being unable to freely express themselves.

In the past two winters, Marc Hirschi, Michael Matthews and Tiesj Benoot have all departed the Dutch team, the trio all reported to have been unhappy with the processes in place.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.