‘We don’t agree with all this s***'’: Soudal Quick-Step rider speaks out on proposed Jumbo-Visma merger

Ilan Van Wilder won Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday, but had more on his mind than triumph

Ilan van Wilder on the podium of Tre Valli Varesine
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Moments after winning possibly the biggest race of his career on Tuesday, Ilan Van Wilder sent a message out: he does not want the proposed merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal Quick-Step to go ahead, he wants his team to continue.

The Soudal Quick-Step rider had just beaten the likes of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to the line at Tre Valli Varesine, but his triumph was not top of his mind in the post-race interview.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.