Philippe Gilbert to skip remaining Ardennes Classics
Apr 17 2017 05:24 pm CET

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Philippe GILBERT

Philippe Gilbert will miss the rest of the Ardennes Classics. The rider suffered a minor injury during the Amstel Gold Race and will have to rest for a week.

The four-time winner of the Dutch race was suffering from pain on his right side due to a fall during the course. He went to the hospital for examinations that determined that he has a minor right kidney tear that requires a week of rest.

"When I crashed, I felt pain, but once I remounted and continued the race things became better and better and the pain disappeared," said Gilbert. "Unfortunately, after the finish, the lower back pain returned, so together with the team doctor I decided to go to the hospital for a check-up. Fortunately, it’s nothing serious, and if everything goes well, in a week I will start training again."

The rider is the third in history to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race in the same season and he feels satisfied by this season so far. "It’s one of my best years and looking behind on what I achieved makes me very happy. To be competitive in both the cobbled and the Ardennes Classics and to help the team be the best in the world brings me a lot of satisfaction.

"It’s sad I won’t be there for the remaining races of this week, because I was in great condition, but our squad is a strong one and I’m confident other good results will follow," he added.

Gilbert will remain at the hospital for observation during 24 hours before going home.
Photo of Philippe Gilbert (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media




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