Gilbert left empty-handed after Spring Classics

One year after a complete domination of the Ardennes week, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) leaves the Ardennes and the whole spring classics season empty-handed. After chasing his best form during the past months, Gilbert felt he was finally back in good shape on the eve of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The 29-year-old Belgian believed that he would be able to grab his last chance of a big win in La Doyenne, the oldest of the Classics, but the tide didn’t turn on home turf for the Belgian champion. In the finale, Gilbert was dropped from an elite chase group on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas. He eventually crossed the finish line in Ans riding alone in 16th position, one minute and a half behind his successor Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana).

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