pinit fg en rect gray 20   Gilbert out, Boonen Preps up for the Tour de France

gilbert out boonen preps up for the tour de france 11 200x300   Gilbert out, Boonen Preps up for the Tour de FrancePhillipe Gilbert will not participate in the Tour de France this year. This was his plan and he will stick by it. With plans to rest for the upcoming weeks, Gilbert prepares for the Vuelta a España and world road race championships.

In good form, Gilbert performed well in the following events: he finished ninth in Milan-San Remo, third in Gent Wevelgem, second at one of the stages of the Three Days of De Panne, third in the Tour of Flanders, fifth in Brabantse Pijl, first in the Amstel Gold, sixth in Fleche Wallonne and fourth in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Gilbert’s next event be on May 26 for the Tour of Belgium.

Dirk De Wolf Het Nieuwsblad, directeur sportif for Omega-Pharma Lotto supports Gilbert’s decision. “I don’t know what Philippe could aim for there. Proof that he can ride the Tour? He has already done enough. For his type of rider, there is…

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