Sylvie Swinkels, a 23-year-old Dutch cyclist, will join the Women’s WorldTeam Israel-Premier Tech Roland starting 1 January 2024, as reported by CyclingOnline. The younger sister of Karlijn Swinkels, Sylvie has spent the past two seasons with Team Coop-Hitec Products.
Swinkels began her cycling career with Parkhotel Valkenburg, where she raced from 2019 to 2021, before moving to the Norwegian outfit Team Coop-Hitec Products for the following two years. Despite a setback due to a broken collarbone, she managed to compete in 39 race days last season, achieving her best result with a tenth-place finish in the Clasica de Almería, a Spanish one-day race of 1.1 level.
Having competed at the continental level in recent seasons, Swinkels is now stepping up to the Women’s WorldTour, signing a contract with Israel-Premier Tech Roland. Her older sister Karlijn has been competing at this top level for several years, previously with Jumbo-Visma and, as of 1 January 2024, with UAE Team ADQ.
For the upcoming 2024 season, Israel-Premier Tech Roland, Sylvie Swinkels’ new team, has signed nine riders so far. The roster includes notable names such as Anna Kiesenhofer, the current Olympic road race champion, and well-known cyclists Tamara Dronova-Balabolina and Antri Christoforou, who are familiar to many cycling enthusiasts.
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