Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley extend contract at Team SD Worx

Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley extend contract at Team SD Worx


Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley have extended their contracts at Team SD Worx. With Vas and Shackley, the team has secured two of the biggest talents in women's cycling through 2024. 

Blanka Vas (21) is currently in the middle of her cyclo-cross season. Meanwhile, the Hungarian has already opened her contract with Team SD Worx and extended it until the end of 2024. "It may not have been immediately obvious to the general public, but Blanka Vas showed once again some strong performances for her age during the last road season," sports manager Danny Stam points out. "In 2021, she achieved unexpectedly great results. This year she continued to develop and rode a full road season for the first time. We have seen that she has become a lot stronger. Especially in the tougher one-day races she impressed. Blanka is a rider who can do anything and wants it all. The future will show what she can best specialise in." 

Vas stresses that she feels completely at home at Team SD Worx. "I didn't have to think long when I was able to extend my contract," Vas said. "Within the team, I can continue to do the combination of road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike. Thus, next year I will ride a few more mountain bike races with a view to qualifying for the Paris Olympics in 2024."

Vas: "This season I rode a fairly full road programme for the first time. I learned a huge amount. Being in the best team in the world with Danny Stam, Anna van der Breggen and Lars Boom as sports directors and having experienced top riders like Chantal Blaak and Demi Vollering next to you is a big advantage. I have not yet decided where my biggest opportunities on the road actually lie. Although I do have a preference for the one-day races. I like the hill classics, but hope to get to know the cobbled classics in the future. Apart from the sporting part, I also like the atmosphere in the team. I really feel at home here and I’m happy to continue cycling in this environment in the coming years."

Anny Shackley (21) has also extended her contract until 2024. Danny Stam: "Anna had a difficult year in 2021. For the first time she rode with a big team, while she had hardly ridden any races in 2020 due to Covid. This year, she proved her talent. In the final classification of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta and the Tour de Romandie Féminin, she finished in the top-ten. She has shown tremendous progression this year, while also suffering setbacks. For instance, she had to miss the Giro d'Italia Donne due to a corona infection. Her autumn was very strong."

"It is true that the first year with the team was quite difficult," Shackley confirmed. "Fortunately, I made some nice progress in 2022. In the hill classics and in the heavier round work I come into my own best. Certainly my results in the autumn were good. That gives a lot of motivation going into the winter towards the upcoming season. At Team SD Worx I am enjoying myself. I am developing well here. There is also a good team atmosphere between the riders and the staff. I feel at home here."

Composition Team SD Worx 2023

Mischa Bredewold, Elena Cecchini, Niamh Fisher-Black, Sina Frei, Barbara Guarischi, Lotte Kopecky, Christine Majerus, Femke Markus, Marlen Reusser, Anna Shackley, Lonneke Uneken, Blanka Vas, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Demi Vollering, Lorena Wiebes. 

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