The Deutschland Tour winner is fifth at the Tour de Luxembourg with one stage remaining.
Ilan Van Wilder confirmed again his prowess against the clock on the penultimate day of the race, which scheduled a demanding 23.9km individual time trial held in Pétange. Eighth overall at the start of the day, Ilan was the last Soudal Quick-Step rider to roll down the ramp, and didn’t need too much time to show what he is capable of, going fourth-fastest through the only checkpoint of the stage.
The Belgian increased the speed in the second part of the course, which was mainly downhill, and this was reflected in his result at the end of the day, a strong sixth – just four seconds off the podium of this ITT won by Victor Campenaers (Lotto-Dstny). His solid display helped Van Wilder jump three places in the standings, which means he will start the final day of the competition in fifth position.
“I didn’t start too fast as I knew the last part, the descent, was where the wind would play an important role. I did a good time trial but I feel like I don’t have that top form from the Deutschland Tour as it has already been a long season. Normally I can really make the difference on the hills but now I was a bit more limited there, but I still had good legs and could put together a nice time trial. I’m satisfied with today and my season so far, and maybe I can add a good general classification spot to that on Sunday”, said the 23-year-old.
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