Ide Schelling, from Den Haag to the Bora – Hansgrohe squad.
What about him?
Ide joined the Academy straight from the junior ranks in 2017. The young Dutchman was the most talented rider in the country in the category and was willing to learn all about professional cycling in the Academy. The plan was clear, he had the potential, we had the knowledge, logistics and the right racing program to slowly develop him into an all-arounder. Each season the season was heavier and the goals were higher and bigger, and step by step Ide grew and improved exponentially.
How did he perform?
Always with a super competitive and fighting spirit, Ide showed already in his first year that he was capable of battling with the best in the category as he took the KOM in Nations Cup’s Course de la Paix. In the three year stint at the Academy he also showed that he was capable of riding solid efforts against the clock (5th in the U23 Dutch 2018 Nationals) as well as climbing with the top guns (6th overall in the 2019 Ronde de l’Isard).
In 2019 he took won a stage in Giro valle d’Aosta after a long-range solo attack, which powered him atop of the overall classification. Schelling, struggled to finish the race back in 2017, when he first took part in it. That’s just another example of the huge learning curve that the talented Dutchman experienced in the Academy.
What was next after the Academy?
Bora-Hansgrohe followed Ide for the great part of the 2019 season. With the German WorldTour, Schelling inked a two-year deal in which he will grow and develop as a bike rider. In his first two years with the team, Ide impressed in his first Vuelta by being part of the main group of riders in some of the hardest stages and also in the 2021 Tour de France. He was selected for the biggest race of the season after clinching his maiden professional win some weeks before at the GP Kantons Aargau, and he was one of the main protagonists of the first week of the race as he held on the polka-dot jersey for 8 consecutive days. After such performances, it was only logical that an extension was on the table and Ide signed a contract renewal that will see him in the same outfit all the way until the end of 2023.