At the age of 20, Anna Shackley is one of the youngest riders in Team SD Worx. Sporting director Danny Stam had been following her performance for some time and recruited her in 2021. The test results show that she has the potential to make it to the top of cycling. She has already highlighted that at the 2020 Imola World Championships where aged 19 she held her own in the first group until well into the final and finished in 25th place. Last season she came in 5th at the British national championships.
Team SD Worx gives her the chance to grow. “Anna currently has little racing experience, but we are convinced that she has a rare type of drive inside her. She has already shown some nice achievements and our team will give her time to develop. She still has to discover where her capabilities lie. She can ride time trials and is strong in races over several days, but the Ardennes classics should also suit her”, sporting director Danny Stam says.
Anna Shackley herself is satisfied with her performance in 2021. “In my first year as a pro I got to ride for the best team in the world... I feel very lucky. I learned a lot in that year. Never before have I spent so much time in a plane, but it was great fun. During my first race, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, I was surprised wasn't dropped immediately (smiles). It made me realise that there is more in me.”
Shackley is focusing on the hilly races first. “I want to be a cyclist who excels in races like the Giro and the Tour de France. So sure, I hope to achieve a good classification in those stage races. I also want to do well in hilly one-day races like Liège-Bastogne-Liège. This season I would like to continue to advance and achieve good results.”