Sam Welsford captures first Team DSM podium of 2022 at Scheldeprijs

SCHOTEN BELGIUM APRIL Samuel Welsford of Australia and Team DSM celebrates winning the third place on the podium ceremony after the 110th Scheldeprijs 2022 Mens Elite a 1987km one day race from Terneuzen to Schoten SP22 on April 06 2022 in Schoten Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Sam Welsford (Team DSM) on the third step of the podium at Scheldeprijs 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images)

It has been a slow start to the year for Team DSM, with the squad going through the early months of the season with nary a podium in sight, let alone a victory. Scheldeprijs and new recruit Sam Welsford, however, broke the drought with the Australian rider, who has just switched from the track to the road, taking his first top three result as a road professional at the rain soaked mid-week Classic. 

The 26-year-old, who has won a bronze and silver medal on the track at the Olympic Games and also was Australia’s criterium champion in 2020, came in with the chase group behind Scheldeprijs solo winner Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert). Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the sprint from the chase group to take second, with Welsford the only rider able to hang onto his wheel. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.