No Paris-Roubaix for Gilbert

Française des Jeux's Philippe Gilbert, who abandoned last Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen because of a...

Française des Jeux's Philippe Gilbert, who abandoned last Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen because of a lack of power, will not line up in Paris-Roubaix next Sunday. The 2006 Het Volk winner prefers to spare his forces for the Classics in the Ardennes region, where the young Belgian comes from: Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which will be held on April 19 and 23 respectively.

At the start in Compiègne next Sunday, La Française des Jeux will be counting on Frédéric Guesdon, Driedaagse van De Panne stage winner Bernhard Eisel and current Coupe de France leader Lilian Jégou, who will be leading the team into the 104th edition of Paris-Roubaix.

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