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Ilan Van Wilder Disapproves of Proposed Soudal Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma Merger – ‘We Don’t Agree with This

Ilan Van Wilder secured victory at the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday, representing his team Soudal Quick-Step. He achieved this feat with a remarkable solo effort spanning 10 kilometers. Nevertheless, when addressing the media after his triumph, he promptly shifted his focus to the rumored merger between his team and the Belgian outfit Jumbo-Visma, expressing his explicit disapproval by stating, “We vehemently disagree with this situation,” in his conversation with Eurosport.

Ilan Van Wilder hit out at the proposed merger between Soudal Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma after winning the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday.
The two teams are reportedly in discussions about a potential merger as early as next year.
Wilder rides for Soudal Quick-Step and the Belgian hinted that others in the outfit share his feelings.

Jumbo-Visma would reportedly be the dominant partner in any combination of the teams, and after briefly discussing his victory in a post-race interview with Eurosport, he moved on to let his feelings be known.
“It’s [been] difficult weeks for us, so this victory is really for my team-mates and for our staff, to show that we don’t agree with all this s***,” he said.

Ilan Van Wilder Disapproves of Proposed Soudal Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma Merger – ‘We Don’t Agree with This


With Jumbo-Visma head Richard Plugge set to retain control of the team, speculation mounts that Soudal Quick-Step would be hit hardest by any combination.
“We want to continue as Soudal Quick-Step,” Van Wilder continued. “We are strong enough and I hope it will be like this.”

Van Wilder dominated at Tre Valli Varesine with a determined solo drive which he likened to a time trial pace, and while he has a contract with his team until 2025, there are no guarantees that he or any other rider will be kept on at Soudal Quick-Step.
His team-mate Julian Alaphilippe has already said that the situation is “sad” as the team would have 30 spots to fill with riders, but there would be 50 riders in total to pick from between the two teams.
That means that some riders are bound to be released, while support staff could also meet the same fate.

Jumbo-Visma has enjoyed a remarkable year of achievements, securing victories in all three Grand Tours and asserting their dominance by clinching the top three positions in the Vuelta a España.

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