Van Wilder takes legal action in bid to leave Team DSM

Belgian Ilan Van Wilder of Team DSM at the start of the sixth stage of the 73rd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 1675 Km from LoriolsurDrome to Le SappeyenChartreuse France Friday 04 June 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Ilan Van Wilder at this year's Critérium du Dauphiné (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ilan Van Wilder and Team DSM will meet in court as the young Belgian rider resorts to legal action to try and force a move away.

Van Wilder turned professional with the German-registered team in 2020 on a three-year contract, but has grown dissatisfied and expressed his desire for an early exit, notably when he was left out of the squad for this year's Vuelta a España.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.