Gaviria wins Guangxi stage 1, Welsford and Wiasak triumph: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 20, 2017

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Schneider fills the gap on Boels-Dolmans

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

A spot opened on the formidable Dutch team, Boels-Dolmans last month when Kasia Pawlowska left for Team Virtu. Originally on a two-year contract, Pawlowska reevaluated her goals midway through and mutually decided with the team to dissolve her contract. Taking her place, the young American talent Skylar Schneider will leap into full-time Euro racing.

The 19-year-old already has the wisdom of an experienced veteran, with results that back it up. A silver medallist in the road race at Doha World Championships, as well as finishing fourth in the TT, a force to be reckoned in the US, and competitive on the international level with a win at the Thurgen tour this year promps DS Danny Stam to feel that Schneider will handle this transition with confidence.

“I’m happy we have been able to add this great talent to our squad,” said Stam. “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.”

With the news, Schneider is more motivated than ever to get back to training. “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,” said Schneider. “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.

Schneider will make her debut on the Women’s World Tour and hopes to contribute to the team as much as she can. With her signing, the Boels-Dolmans team is complete with returning riders Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Amy Pieters, Jip van den Bos, Lizzie Deignan, Megan Guarnier, Amalie Dideriksen, Karol-Ann Canuel, Nikki Brammeier, and Christine Majerus.