Ilan van Wilder has been predicted for years to have a great future in cycling, but injuries and other setbacks have always slowed his progress. After finishing fifth in his final classification at the Tour of Burgos, he’s knocking on the door again.

In his youth, Ilan Van Wilder was the closest rider to Remco Evenepoel. While his passing at DSM left him in bad taste, he’s also been plagued by injuries and illnesses at Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl.

“I didn’t know what my level would be this week,” says Van Wilder. “Just before the Wallonia tour I got a little sick, so I couldn’t start there.”

“But the last few weeks I’ve been working hard and the fact that I’ve started this round well has put some wind in my sails.”

Van Wilder chose to pace himself on the final climb of the final stage. “If I had tried to catch up with them, I would have lost more time. In the end, I was able to wind up a few more riders and take some places in the final standings.”

Van Wilder left Giro winner Jay Hindley in fifth. “It’s good for my morale. It’s great to be at this level after all these setbacks. It gives me confidence for the next race.” and then set course for Spain again, where he can assist Evenepole in the Vuelta.

Source: Sporza


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