Tiesj Benoot is reportedly joining the long list of riders who have left DSM early

The 2018 Strade Bianche winner is apparently set to depart the team despite having signed a contract through 2022.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos

According to Wielerflits, Tiesj Benoot will leave DSM before his contract is up, which would make the former Strade Bianche winner the latest big name in a long list of talented pros who have departed from the squad early.

Benoot joined then-Sunweb team in 2020 after several years at Lotto Soudal, and then signed a contract extension that would take him through the 2022 season. During his time at the Sunweb/DSM organization, he added a Paris-Nice stage win and two GC top five finishes at the race – including runner-up honors in 2020 – to his career palmares.

Apparently, however, the 27-year-old Belgian won’t be sticking around to see out the full term of his contract. Wielerflits reports that Benoot is now on the hunt for a new squad after what the Dutch outlet described as an “irreparable rift” developed between rider and team.

In departing DSM early, Benoot joins some esteemed company.

Among the many pro riders who have left the organization before their contracts were up over the past several seasons are Marcel Kittel, Warren Barguil, Tom Dumoulin, Michael Matthews, and Marc Hirschi.

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