Team dsm-firmenich are delighted to announce that they have broken open and extended their contract with Max Poole, as the talented young British rider commits his future to the team, extending his contract until at least the end of the 2027 season.
Joining the Development program in 2022, Poole settled in well and impressed in his opening races with the team where he gained valuable experience riding alongside the Men’s program at Tour of the Alps and 4 Jours de Dunkerque. That acquired experience and knowledge would pay off in the second half of the season where he finished sixth overall on debut at the notoriously challenging Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta – Mont Blanc race, before a tenth overall at the Sazka Tour. Then in a pro field with many WorldTeams, he took a brilliant seventh at Arctic Race of Norway; the latter of which he impressed with a strong teammate’s ride to support Andreas Leknessund to GC victory.
2023 saw Poole make the step-up to the Men’s program as he became a WorldTour level pro with Team dsm-firmenich. The start of the year saw him ride strongly at Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var before he suffered a crash at Faun Drôme Classic. Nonetheless, Poole showed great resilience and maturity for someone of his age, and quickly put the setback behind him, returning to racing with a quietly impressive 11th place at the Tour of the Alps, where he also won the best young riders jersey. Riding strongly after his first high altitude camp with the team, Poole’s impressive April continued as he claimed his first WorldTour level top five at the Tour de Romandie with fourth place on stage four; a result that would be mirrored in the overall classification. Fourth place at the Tour de Hongrie followed in May before Poole wrapped up his first part of the season with two fifth place stage finishes at the Critérium du Dauphiné and a 13th overall.