Rider Interview: The Alpecin-Fenix ProTour team of Mathieu van der Poel is looking strong for 2021. Ed Hood has known one of the new signings, Silvan Dillier, since his time on the ‘6 Days’ scene and thought he should catch up with the Swiss fastman. Preferring realityIve known Swiss professional Silvan Dillier for a good few years now, back to the days when he rode the six days and I was his runner. When I saw he was changing teams from AG2R-La Mondiale to Alpecin-Fenix I decided a catch up was overdue.Battling the BelgiansThe Belgian squad as a ProTeam operation may be a step down from WorldTour AG2R but with Mathieu Van der Poel on the books there will be very few race organisers who wont want them on the start line. As well as VDP the team boasts Belgian Champion Dries De Bondt and rising sprint star, Jasper Philipsen. Dilliers first appears on the palmars websites as a time trial and track rider, winning national junior and U23 titles in the time trial, omnium and madison before graduating to win the European U23 madison in 2011.Claudio Imhof and Silvan Dillier 2011 Lotto 6 Days Vlaanderen – GentHe defended that title a year later and added the European U23 individual pursuit title. That same year there was a Tour de lAvenir stage win and a podium in the Gent Six Day partnering the legend that was Big Bob Bartko. In 2013 he took the Tour of Normandie overall and as…
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