Gilbert: Belgium’s best World Championships tactic is to race like Deceuninck-QuickStep

Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet at the World Championships in Bergen in 2017. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Belgium arrive with arguably the strongest and deepest squad at this World Championships but both Philippe Gilbert and Greg van Avermaet are aware that everything, from tactics to communication and of course form, will have to run like clockwork if they are to claim the rainbow jersey.

At the team’s pre-race press conference on the outskirts of York, the pair held court in front of a gaggle of homegrown journalists, with Gilbert maintaining that the team’s best tactic might be to replicate Deceuninck-QuickStep’s appreciation for long race attacks.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.