Because the yellow Mathieu van der Poel cannot wear 2 jerseys, Ide Schelling can show off the polka dot jersey for another day (and again in the leading group). The uninhibited Dutchman enjoys it to the fullest, just as he tries to enjoy everything in life. “Always keep smiling is my motto”, says the colorful Dutchman.

1. He’s a late bloomer

Ide Schelling only made his professional debut when he was 22, with Bora-Hansgrohe. In the previous years he learned the ropes with the Dutch training team SEG Racing. “I didn’t bake that much when I was young,” he explained his slow progress in interviews.

As a child he wanted to emulate his father, a cycling tourist. This is how he fell in love with the bicycle, although he was also an avid skateboarder.

Watching cycling on TV didn’t appeal to Schelling at all. “I thought that was boring. I do remember standing in Turn 7 (the legendary Dutch corner) of Alpe d’Huez with my parents in 2015. I also remember 3 deaf Americans who tried to get me drunk.”

2. The new Michael Boogerd?

Like Michael Boogerd, Ide Schelling comes from The Hague, a student city and therefore also a real cycling city. He learned agility on the bike, although he also followed judo training that improved his agility on the bike, especially when falling.

Like Boogerd, Schelling is also a grateful figure for the media. He puts his heart on his sleeve and is very expressive, also during the race. For example, we saw him greeting the people in Saturday’s ride when it became clear that he would wear the polka dot jersey. He also celebrated his sprint against competitor Anthony Perez ostentatiously.

“I am an atypical cyclist. I do not cycle to become the best cyclist in the world, but for fun. My motto is therefore: always keep smiling”, Schelling said in interviews.

3. Fixies en strandraces

As a true cycling enthusiast, Schelling also regularly takes part in other competitions, such as beach races and so-called “fixies” (races on a bicycle without gears).

On Twitter, journalist and beach racer Thijs Zonneveld told about his experience with Schelling during a race in Wijk aan Zee: “In the leading group were all guests with overpriced bicycles, except for 1. He rode a mountain bike from 1834 with a cracking chain. He was completely broken, but when it stopped, he attacked immediately.”

The organizers of the “Ronde van de Orteliusstraat” can tell a similar story, a fixies race through an Amsterdam neighborhood. Schelling challenged with a converted track bike that was rejected by the jury. He then got an old bicycle from the organization, with which he came in 2nd place.

4. He drives a tuned 1997 Toyota Paseo

According to Schelling, he leads a schizophrenic life, because in addition to his cycling career, his circle of friends is also important. After Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he went on holiday with them. “And then I’m definitely going to have some beers.”

Schelling also bought his first car a year ago, for 1,000 euros: a 1997 Toyota Paseo that he tuned with his friends. “There’s those leather seats in there, and there’s an exhaust at the bottom from here to Tokyo.”

Toyota Paseo (not Schelling’s)

5. He dreams of the Amstel Gold Race

At the beginning of this month, Schelling won his very first professional race with the GP Aargau, but if he had to choose, he would one day put the Amstel Gold Race on his palmares. On his debut earlier this year, he already has a bronze medal, the Prize of the Strijdlust.

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