Philippe Gilbert to return for Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) in the Etoile de Besseges
Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) in the Etoile de Besseges (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) will return to racing at the Ardennes Classics following a break to recover from mental and physical fatigue. The Belgian will not ride Saturday’s Amstel Gold Race but will line up at both La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège

After failing to finish the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem, Gilbert pulled out of the Tour of Flanders earlier this month, citing the toll of coming back from a knee injury that stretches back to last year’s Tour de France. 

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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.