BORA – hansgrohe signs neo-pro Ide Schelling
The 21-year-old Dutch rider is regarded as an all-rounder and will be developed as such over the coming years. Next season, Schelling will predominantly concentrate on the demanding one-day races, where he will assume a role as a helper for BORA – hansgrohe.
“It’s a dream come true to graduate from SEG Racing Academy and join BORA - hansgrohe. The past three years have been so amazing for me, it's a period where I grew as a cyclist and also as a person. But I couldn’t be prouder now that I have made the step up to the WorldTour with one of the best teams. Joining BORA - hansgrohe was an easy choice for me. My current team is like a family to me, but I have the feeling that my next 'family' is already waiting. A decisive factor in my decision was the strategic approach that is taken by BORA – hansgrohe. Already at our first meeting, the team hada plan as to how my development would take shape, and how we would work together in the future. That made a real impression on me. It will be an honor to be able to ride for BORA - hansgrohe during the following years, alongside some of the biggest stars of our sport. I can hardly wait!” – Ide Schelling
“We are convinced that Ide is an interesting type of rider, who stands out most of all due to his versatility. At the moment, one cannot know exactly where our journey with him will lead, however, he possesses great potential. In the coming season, we will firstly need to prepare him adequately for racing on the WorldTour level, but I hope that he will be able to give our squad greater depth in races such as the Ardennes classics, where he can play a role in actively supporting the team. He will receive the necessary time and also opportunities to discover with us where exactly his future as a rider lies.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager