Cees Bol hopes to book a stage victory in a major cycling round next year.

The sprinter believes in the approach of DSM, the new main sponsor of the team that until recently was called Sunweb.

"The goal for next year is to win a stage in a big round. I will ride the Giro d'Italia or the Tour de France next year", Bol told NU.nl on Friday.

"The Giro route is not yet known, so we have to wait for that."

The 25-year-old Bol rode the Tour for the past two summers.

The first time as helper of Michael Matthews, this year the North Hollander was the first sprinter of the team.

That did not result in stage win, but in second and third place.

In 2021, Bol and his sprint train have to do just that little bit better in order to win.

"To achieve that, we will do a lot of races in the preparation with the regular sprint train, where there are chances of a bunch sprint," says Bol.

"This way we can become optimally attuned to each other."

Cees Bol was narrowly beaten by Wout van Aert in the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

(Photo: Pro Shots)

Marginal gains

can make a difference

Chemical group DSM, which specializes in nutritional science, can also help Bol in its development.

The company has been associated with Sunweb as a partner for the past five years.

"DSM is a gigantic company that innovates in all kinds of areas," says Bol.

"They are very busy with nutritional supplements, but also, for example, make protective clothing and help with training schedules."

"As a sprinter I have to find the right balance between endurance and explosiveness. DSM has in-house specialists who can help me with this."

With the innovations Bol hopes for

marginal gains

, which can make the difference between a profit or a loss.

Many competitive cycling teams also try to improve themselves with a scientific approach.

"With innovations you are never very far ahead of the competition", Bol realizes.

"If you come up with something new, the other teams want it too."

"But of course it helps us that we now have such a large company behind us. We have already been able to benefit from that in recent years and the new sponsorship will only increase it in the future."

Dutch riders DSM in 2021

  • Thymen Arensman (21), Cees Bol (25), Nils Eekhoff (22), Joris Nieuwenhuis (24), Martijn Tusveld (27)