Philippe Gilbert to skip Paris-Roubaix in favor of the Ardennes
Apr 04 2017 11:10 pm CET

Philippe Gilbert to skip Paris-Roubaix in favor of the Ardennes

Phillipe Gilbert has decided to skip Paris-Roubaix and focus on the Ardennes Classics. The winner of the Tour of Flanders has taken the decision along with Quick-Step Floors just after victory on the weekend.

"Paris-Roubaix has a magnetic attraction on me, but I won't be there this year," said the Belgian. "I need to take a break, recover properly and then begin thinking of the Ardennes, where I'll be part of a very strong team, together with Julian (Alaphillipe) and Dan (Martin).

"Besides that, I've only raced Roubaix once, back in 2007, and for a race like that you need experience. Tom needs all the support he can get in his final attempt there, as a strong team is a very important factor in Paris-Roubaix, and I wish him all the best," Gilbert added.

Team and rider agreed that this was the best approach to the next step for his season. "Immediately after his splendid Flanders win, the temptation of lining up Philippe at the start was big, especially as he too was thinking of this," commented Patrick Lefevere, team CEO.

"But we sat down, thought this through and decided it's better for him to rest a bit and then return to training for the Ardennes campaign, where his experience and power will be very helpful."

The season for Gilbert will continue on April 12th with the Brabantse Pijl, a race that he has won twice, in 2011 and 2014.
Photo of Philippe Gilbert (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media