Philippe Gilbert aims for a fifth victory at Amstel Gold Race
Apr 12 2018 08:19 pm CET

Philippe Gilbert aims for a fifth victory at Amstel Gold Race
Philippe Gilbert aims for a fifth victory at Amstel Gold Race
Photo of Philippe Gilbert (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) will be back at the Amstel Gold Race to defend his title. The Belgian will be supported by a strong team that can make the difference in the newly-added finale of the race.

Gilbert has won the Dutch race four times (2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017) and won the World Championships on a very similar course in 2012, so he is familiar with the route. "We are lining up with a strong squad, hoping that we can be in the mix when the race is decided and perhaps repeat last year’s success," said sports director Wilfried Peeters. "The final has changed again, so we will have narrower roads in the last kilometres, which can play in favour of the breakaway. Staying in front will be important as the roads make it hard to organize a chase.

"However, it is not the race nor the route, but the riders who make the difference. Amstel is one of those races where you have to be awake at all times and there will be a lot of fighting for positions. Being in the right place at the right time makes the difference but to be there, you need not only to be smart but also to have the legs."

The team will aim to add a new one-day race victory to its successful start of the season, with nine wins so far.

Quick-Step Floors' complete roster for the Amstel Gold Race (15th of April):

Julian Alaphilippe
Philippe Gilbert
Bob Jungels
Davide Martinelli
Enric Mas
Pieter Serry
Niki Terpstra




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