Philippe Gilbert out of the Giro d'Italia
Apr 18 2017 11:44 pm CET

Philippe Gilbert out of the Giro d'Italia

Quick Step Floors' Philippe Gilbert will not start in the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. The rider will not be able to recover on time to appear at the Italian Grand Tour.

After further examinations in the hospital following a crash in the Amstel Gold Race the rider was diagnosed with a minor kidney tear and will have to be off the bike for two weeks before starting training again (Read more: Philippe Gilbert to skip remaining Ardennes Classics . This rest period means that he won't be ready on time for the Italian race.

"It's a big blow for me to miss the Giro, a beautiful race in which I've enjoyed success several times in the past, but this kind of injuries are always delicate and it's recommended to don't rush things, so extending my recovery period is the best decision we could take," said Gilbert.

The start of the 2017 season has been perfect for the Belgian rider by getting victories in the Driegdaagse De Panne-Koksijde, the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold race.

But the rider won't let this news to bring him down and he's already looking ahead. "Despite this setback, I remain upbeat and I now look with even more motivation to the second part of the season," he added.
Photo of Philippe Gilbert (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media