Gilbert's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège hopes dampened by training crash

Philippe Gilbert
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Philippe Gilbert’s (Lotto Soudal) spring had already been compromised by the self-imposed break he took during the cobbled Classics, but his hopes for the Ardennes have been further hampered by a recent training crash.

The veteran Belgian was training near his home in Nice last week when he crashed at high speed going downhill. He avoided serious injury and has been declared fit for Wednesday’s La Flèche Wallonne and Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but now has further question marks over his form.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.