Ilan Van Wilder resurfaces in Burgos: "Boost after all those setbacks"

Ilan Van Wilder resurfaces in Burgos: "Boost after all those setbacks"

In the youth, Ilan Van Wilder was often the closest rider to Remco Evenepoel, but his first years with the pros were not always fun. His passage at DSM left a bad taste, but he is also haunted by injuries and illness at Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl.

“I didn’t know what my level would be for this week,” says Van Wilder. “Just before the Tour of Wallonia I got a bit ill, so I couldn’t start there.”

“But I had worked hard in the past few weeks. The fact that I started this round well also gave me some wind in my sails.”

Van Wilder chose to ride at his own pace on the final climb of the final stage. “If I had tried to keep up with them, I would have lost even more time. In the end I was able to roll up a few more riders and gain some places in the final standings.”

Van Wilder left Giro winner Jai Hindley behind him on his way to 5th place. “That’s good for my morale. It’s great that I can reach this level after all these setbacks. This gives me confidence for the next races.” In principle, Van Wilder still rides the Tour of the Ain and then he sets course again for Spain, where he can assist Evenepoel in the Vuelta.

Source: Sporza

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