Wilco
Kelderman

Residence
Neerharen, Belgium
Age
28
Height
1.85m
Hobbies
Cycling, family time
Favourite food
Italian
Favourite TV show
Crime series
Favourite holiday destination
Italy
Favourite race
Giro d'Italia

After a promising start to the year at the UAE Tour and Paris-Nice, Wilco’s 2019 season was unfortunately hampered after a crash at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. However, the Dutchman bounced back and finished the season with a seventh place on GC at the Vuelta a España, which only motivates him even more for this year.

“It was more tough than other years because when I came back, my level was not what I thought it would be: it was not perfect but the level was okay. The good thing is that I know what to work on and the hunger is there for 2020 to show what I can do and get to the high level that I want to be at.”

While side-lined with injury, riders can often be left with their own thoughts and only think about wanting to ride their bike all of the time. However, Wilco was able to escape the world of cycling and spend some valuable bonding time with his young baby daughter.

“With my young girl, she was able to entertain me and I was able to focus on her, rather than just sit on the couch with my thoughts when I was injured. You see that there is more to life than just cycling and gives you a bit of a mental rest. I enjoyed that time when I was off with the family and it helped me to come back.”

Wilco Kelderman | Team Sunweb
Wilco Kelderman | Team Sunweb
Wilco Kelderman | Team Sunweb
Wilco Kelderman | Team Sunweb

Someone that just enjoys riding his bike, Wilco likes to be engrossed by the nature when out for a more leisurely ride with friends; taking in all of the sights and scenery. However as a fierce competitor, he also enjoys a tough day of training and seeing improvements in his power numbers.

Into his fourth year with Team Sunweb, Wilco likes the structured environment and that everyone is happy to work for each other.

“In this team everyone really has their feet on the ground, we’re all just the same and I really like that. The trust and belief is there in you from the team which is nice.”

Results

2020
2 Tour de La Provence Stage 2
3 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 3
4 Tirreno-Adriatico
4 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 7
4 Tour de La Provence Points Classification
4 Tirreno-Adriatico Points Classification
5 Tour de La Provence
5 Tour de Pologne Stage 3
5 Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 5
6 UAE Tour
2019
2 UAE Tour Team Time Trial
3 La Vuelta ciclista a España Team Time Trial
3 Paris - Nice Stage 8
4 Tour de France Team Time Trial
5 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 17
5 UAE Tour
6 UAE Tour Stage 4
6 UAE Tour Stage 6
7 La Vuelta ciclista a España
8 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 9
2018
2 Abu Dhabi Tour
2 World Championships TTT
2 Tour de Suisse Team Time Trial
3 National Championships Netherlands ITT
4 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 2
4 Tour de Suisse Stage 5
5 Tour de Suisse
5 Tour de Suisse Stage 7
5 Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 4 (ITT)
5 Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 5