Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team is excited to announce that Karol-Ann Canuel and Skylar Schneider have extended with the team through 2020. The two riders from North-America signed two-year contracts to continue racing in Europe with the number one ranked team in the world.
Since joining Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team in 2016, Canuel won a number of races and has been a valuable asset in a lot of team victories. She performed super-domestique duties at the 2018 Giro Rosa for Megan Guarnier, but the former Canadian time trial champion has also worn the pink jersey herself in 2017 after the team won the opening team time trial. The discipline is a big focus of the team and Canuel holds fold memories of TTT wins.
“I'm super excited about staying with Boels-Dolmans for two more years. I just really like this team and I feel at home here. I think we have the best sponsors and I just love racing with this group of girls. I feel it was the right decision for me.”
“I think winning the team time trial in Sweden is my greatest memory of this year. The conditions out there were really hard and I think we rode really well together. It just so nice to be on the top step of the podium with all the team. Team time trial wins are always the best in my opinion.”
In addition to the experienced Canuel, we are happy that young talent Skylar Schneider also decided to stay with Boels-Dolmans for the next two seasons. At only 19 years of age, Schneider is our youngest team member, but she stood her ground in her first full European season.
“I loved being part of the Ardennes week this year. Although I only raced Flèche Wallone, I spent nearly the whole week with the team from the Amstel Gold course recon until the day before Liège-Bastogne-Liège.”
“It was so special to watch the team dominate the three most prestigious races of the Spring and it left me extremely inspired. We also celebrated Karol-Ann’s and Anna [van der Breggen]'s birthdays so we bonded as friends off the bike. This whole week was my most special memory of the year.”
“I'm so pleased to be a part of this team and can honestly say that the team has exceeded all of my expectations. The staff and riders are all genuinely good people that come together and support each other.”
“As a young woman and developing cyclist, this is truly a positive environment to be in. I always feel that my teammates and the staff are looking after me and really care about teaching me and seeing me succeed.”
Although she was no stranger to European success prior to joining Boels-Dolmans, winning the last stage of the 2017 Internationale Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider definitely succeeded in her transition to European racing. Only last month, she finished her very first Giro Rosa, yet she remains down to earth and humble.
“My one goal this year was to learn as much as possible and gain experience by being the best teammate I possibly could. I feel that this was the right approach to this season as I have grown as a cyclist and a person, so in the coming years I will use these experiences and hopefully turn them into some victories."
With the announcement that Schneider and Canuel stay with the team, there are currently nine riders under contract for 2019. World road champion Chantal Blaak and Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen both extended through 2020 at the beginning of the year, while the contract extensions of Amalie Dideriksen, Christine Majerus and Amy Pieters were announced earlier this week. Katie Hall and Eva Buurman will join the team in 2019.