Who is Ilan Van Wilder? Belgian climber on the rise

Oostende - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - ILAN VAN WILDER during the The Flandrien 2019 award show. (Flandrien-Trofee) pictured during the Flandrien - The Flandrien is an annual award presented by the Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad to the best Belgian cyclist of the year - Photo Jan De Meuleneir /PN/Cor Vos © 2019
Van Wilder with his 2019 Flandrien of the future award (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Belgian teenager Ilan Van Wilder was one of the standout performers at last year's Tour de L'Avenir, taking third overall at the premier U23 race of the calendar. Earlier in 2019 he finished fifth at the Course de la Paix, winning a stage along the way, and capped his year with a Flandrien of the Future award from Het Nieuwsblad, making him an instant future rival of fellow Belgian prodigy Remco Evenepoel.

In 2020, he turned professional with Team Sunweb, making the move from the Lotto Soudal U23 team to the WorldTour at the age of 19. He was due to ride Strade Bianche and Liège-Bastogne-Liège this spring, but the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic put paid to that. 

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix