Gilbert undergoes skin cancer surgery

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Philippe Gilbert of La Française des Jeux had a skin cancer removed from his thigh in an operation on Thursday in Liege, Belgium. The doctors removed a melanoma and ordered him to rest for 10 days, according to the AFP.

"It is a 'beauty spot' which had to be removed. The wound is serious, but not in a bad location. However, if I ride it will heal more slowly," Gilbert said.

He must now delay the start of his season. "I was to start with the [GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise] on February 6," he said, "but now it will undoubtedly be with the Volta ao Algarve on February 21."

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