The Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team has signed Skylar Schneider for the 2018 season. The 19-year-old American rider completes the squad of Danny Stam for 2018. Schneider won the silver medal at the 2016 road world championships in Doha (Qatar) and only just missed out on a medal in the time trial with a fourth-best time. This season, she impressed friend and foe as rookie elite rider by winning a stage in the highly regarded Thüringen Rundfahrt in Germany.
Team leader Danny Stam is very happy with Schneider joining the team. “As one of only a handful of young riders, Skylar has proven that she can handle the step up from the juniors to elite women's cycling with confidence, reinforced by a number of excellent finishes among the top and particularly her stage win in Thüringen. I'm happy we have been able to add this great talent to our squad. Schneider now has the opportunity to develop further amongst a group of strong riders and could prove to be a trump card in the bunch sprints.” Stam was able to add Schneider to the team because Kasia Pawlowska indicated that she wanted to cycle at a different level. Her ongoing contract was therefore dissolved in mutual agreement.
The addition of Skylar Schneider to the team and the recent contract renewal of Nikki Brammeier means the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team is complete for 2018. The team consists further of olympic champion Anna van der Breggen, world champion Chantal Blaak, Amy Pieters, Jip van den Bos (NED), Lizzie Deignan (GBR), Megan Guarnier (USA), Amalie Dideriksen (DEN), Karol-Ann Canuel (CAN) and Christine Majerus (LUX).
Schneider is very excited about the opportunity she is getting with the number-one team in the UCI rankings. “My cycling winter has flown by, but I've never been so motivated to get back on the bike and start training with the prospect of so many new goals and races. There are a lot of new challenges for me this year and I'm looking forward to all of them with a huge sense of positivity. I've been very fortunate in the past two years to have been part of the American team riding in Europe. I love the cycling events on the European continent and am really looking forward to riding in even more races in 2018. This will be my first year in the Women's WorldTour and I have the privilege of learning from the strongest riders in the field and an experienced team management. My goals are to learn as much as I can and to be the best possible team mate for all these riders I admire so much. My individual goals are primarily on the U23-women's championships.”