Exciting news emerged today from the cycling world as Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL announced the extension of their contract with promising Dutch rider, Nienke Vinke. The young talent, adorned in the team’s distinctive two-striped jersey, will continue to represent the squad until at least the conclusion of 2026.

Vinke’s journey into elite racing has been nothing short of impressive, particularly after transitioning directly from the junior ranks. In 2023, she showcased her potential by contributing significantly to the team’s objectives while gaining invaluable experience across various race formats. Notable highlights from her debut season included a commendable top-ten finish at the Tour de l’Avenir Femmes and an impressive ninth place at Tre Valli Varesine.

Expressing her delight at extending her tenure with the team, Vinke remarked, “I really like how professional it is at Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL. The team is very organised and structured which I like, and there is also a very good ambience in the team, so this is a good environment to develop myself as a rider and a person.”

Nienke Vinke

Vinke’s dedication to both her studies and racing has been commendable, with her stellar performances in 2024 further solidifying her position as one to watch. Notably, her outstanding second-place finish on Willunga Hill at the Tour Down Under, coupled with her victory in the best young rider classification, garnered widespread attention within the cycling community.

In response to Vinke’s contract extension, Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL head coach Rudi Kemna praised her remarkable progress, stating, “Nienke has really impressed us since she joined the team. Not only for her on-bike performances but also her attitude off the bike. She is keen to learn and improve; something that we think is very valuable.”

Looking ahead, both Vinke and the team remain focused on continued growth and development. With a shared commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering a supportive environment, the future looks promising for Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL.

Vinke concluded, “We have a nice group of riders and staff, and we are all very ambitious, so I hope we can continue to grow and learn together and achieve many wins as a team in the future.”