The Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping Group joined forces in 2012 to support an international women's cycling team and the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team was born. The team progressed quickly since then and is now the best women's team in the world. All of the team's riders are a constant force to be reckoned with in the global cycling scene.
An exceptional performance was achieved in September 2017, as it performed an incredible hattrick, with a rider of the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team becoming the world road champion for the third year in a row. In 2015, Lizzie Deignan became the team’s first world champion in Richmond, USA, with current teammates Anna van der Breggen and Megan Guarnier on the podium with her. A year later, Amalie Dideriksen was the fastest in a bunch sprint, already having been double world champion during her junior years.
Chantal Blaak was able to start celebrating well before the finish line last September, arriving solo in Bergen, Norway. Dideriksen stepped onto the podium with her to collect bronze.
But there were more wins in 2017. The team took the win in the Ardennes triple, the Amgen Tour of California and the Giro Rosa, and there were stage victories in the Ladies Tour of Norway, Boels Ladies Tour and the Women's Tour. With the results throughout 2017, once again a rider of the team won the overall Women’s WorldTour ranking, this time Van der Breggen. The achievements in 2017 led to Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team winning the team classification in the Women's WorldTour and finishing the year as the best team in the UCI team ranking.
In the run-up to the 2018 season, Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team contracted two new riders: young talent Skylar Schneider and experienced rider Anna Plichta.
Skylar Schneider (USA) is a young rider from the United States, with an already impressive track record. In 2017 she won a stage in the Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, formerly known as the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, and she was on the podium of a world championships race as a junior twice.
Anna Plichta (Pol) became a professional cyclist quite late, but her talent and hard work have already shown that she can be a great asset in a professional cycling team. In 2017 she already gained experience in a Dutch cycling team and expectations of her are high going into the new season.
Schneider and Plichta will join the following riders in 2018, who were already part of the team in the successful 2017 season: Amalie Dideriksen (Den), Megan Guarnier (USA), Jip van den Bos (NL), Lizzie Deignan (GB), Anna van der Breggen (NL), Chantal Blaak (NL), Christine Majerus (Lux), Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) and Amy Pieters (NL). The main goal in 2018 is to go after the victory in the most important race on the calendar again and to regain the world title on the team time trial.
The Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team explicitly commits itself to the training of talents. A team of only eleven riders doesn’t offer a lot of places for young riders. Nevertheless another promising young rider was added to the team in Skylar Schneider.
Together with Jip van den Bos and Amalie Dideriksen, as the former world champion, they have the opportunity to grow in this small team, in a perfect environment. Nowhere else in the Netherlands have so many young female cyclists had the opportunity to progress from the junior women’s level to the top of the international elite women's field. With this, the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team will continue to work on its own future as well and the team will continue to commit to a smoother transition from the junior to the elite category.
With the combination of experience and talent, dedicated riders and team management, together with the support and enthusiasm of the sponsors, has led the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team to be a household name in international women's cycling.