June 18, 2024

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Deceuninck - Quick-Step offers Ilan Van Wilder a director

Deceuninck – Quick-Step offers Ilan Van Wilder a director

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Ilan van Wilder will drive the Deceuninck – Quick-Step for the next two seasons. The Belgian cycling team has reached an agreement with its employer Team DSM. Van Wilder had been at odds with the DSM team for a while, and was in principle with them on contract for another year. “But Team DSM has agreed to terminate Van Wilder’s contract with immediate effect,” Deceuninck said – Quick-Step.

Martin Delvaux, Hugo Korevets

Belgian cycling talent Ilan van Wilder and his employer Team DSM have been arguing since the beginning of July. Van Wilder was, among other things, angry at the fact that he was not allowed to ride the Vuelta of the Dutch-German cycling team. Our 21-year-old wanted to force him to leave, but the team of Roman Bardet and Tessj Bennott, among others, totally didn’t let that happen. The conflict appears to have turned into a lawsuit, but it didn’t get that far.

DSM Team: ‘I would have refused to facilitate the transfer in this way’

“she was I do not go Ewan Spikenbrink, CEO of Team DSM, answers that the rider could try to force himself to terminate the contract by making public statements or engaging the court. We were open to the possibilities of transferring in the right way and on the right basis. It’s good to see that Elan and his agent have two teams working on the transition the right way. We wish Ilan and Dekunin – Quick-Step all the best.”

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Additional Companion in Arms for Evenepoel

Patrick Lefevre had kept an open seat for a chance on his team. So the president of Deceuninck – Quick-Step was pleased with the transfer of his young compatriot. “We are delighted to have secured the signature of Elan, a rider who we are confident will be able to advance within our ranks and add something to the team. We believe Elan will be an added value to our classification ambitions and are delighted that we were able to include him on the board after some good discussions with the DSM team.” .

Photo from 2017 with young Van Wilder and Evenpoel in juniors

Photo from 2017 with young Van Wilder and Evenpoel in juniors © VDB

Van Wilder is considered one of the greatest cycling talents in our country. This year he was particularly impressed to work against the clock. He placed fourth in the time test for the Romandy race and in the Belgian Championship against the clock and finished fifth in the time trial of Duvigny. Lotto-Soudal and Israel Start-Up Nation have hunted specifically for Van Wilder’s services. He now chooses Lefevere and Deceuninck – Quick-Step, where he faces off once again with Remco Evenepoel, his junior companion in arms. With Mauri Vansevenant and Ilan Van Wilder, Evenbühel now has two Flemish contemporaries on his team.