Philippe Gilbert will appear Sunday at the start of liège-Bastogne-Liège, the race that in 2011, he won. The past two editions, he was there due to injuries not in La Doyenne. With Julian Alaphilippe, winner of the Flèche wallonne, Quick-Step Floors are a favorite for the victory in the ranks.
The Also has Friday morning enjoyed the parcoursverkenning, so he told a press conference in the teamhotel in Lanaken. “It is three years ago that I still really, on these roads have been driven. I have liège-Bastogne-Liège not ridden since 2015 (36th).”
“This course can be very difficult if the riders that want to be”, he continued Gilbert. “The pressure is less for us because we can have multiple trump cards to play. We will in any case an interesting situation to maneuver for the victory.”
Wednesday, it filled Gilbert with gloss role of luxeploegmaat by Julian Alaphilippe in the best of circumstances to victory in the Walloon Arrow to steer. “It is my task at the right time and make an effort, such as Wednesday, to 800 meters from the finish. A leader always needs experienced teammates so that he can concentrate fully on his goal. Julian loves the Walloon Arrow, which he in 2015 and 2016 are already on the second place finished. In 2015, he was second in liège-Bastogne-Liège. So he has a lot to present.”
Gilbert considers the Italian Vincenzo Nibali and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde as the main opponents for the victory in La Doyenne. “Nibali appreciates this course and he dreams of winning here. But according to me compares Alejandro Valverde stood out. He is a rider who has not the habit of the to messing up. Julian Alaphilippe has again shown that he can cope well with the leadership, with an experienced team at his side.”