After a punishing early season, Belgian Philippe Gilbert (La Française des Jeux) will give tomorrow's Fleche Wallone a miss. "I have to rest for four days, and am allowed to ride my bike again on Wednesday," he told Belgian newspapers. "I hope to be there for Liege, but without any ambition."
"He's not to overexert himself," said Gilbert's directeur sportif Marc Madiot. "We want him at the start of the Giro, and if not there, perhaps at the Tour."