Philippe Gilbert won all four times, the Amstel Gold Race. Sunday for his fifth victory address in the Dutch classic.
Gilbert won last week Sunday, Paris-Roubaix. He then returned to Monaco. “I have incredibly many good reactions on my victory, so much that it was impossible to get them all to answer,” he said at a press conference in Lanaken. “What I this week have done? I have the first of what feel free, but still a lot of training with the eye on the match of Sunday.”
Gilbert already has some race days will be oddly on the counter. He Is still fresh enough for a new hatch on Sunday? “Yes, I think so,” he said. “I am the season of calm started (in the Tour de la Provence, February 14). That I still felt in the Circulation, but that now offers advantages. I’m still fresh enough, and still very focused on what comes.”
The Amstel has he however already has four times won, against a fifth victory, says Gilbert, no, no. “Certainly not”, he responded. “It is a beautiful course, one that suits me. We are going to make.”
Deceuninck-Quick Step starts with two team leaders Sunday: Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert. “We do it like in the kasseiklassiekers,” says Gilbert. “We start with several advantages. That gives you multiple opportunities, offers advantages over the other teams and it also gives confidence: you know that someone from the team can win.”
That would be Gilbert, but just as good Alaphilippe, with whom the Walloon Monegask the good can find. “Yes, ever since he made his debut among the pros actually”, said Gilbert. “Julian and I are good friends. I was immediately a fan of him, please, his prices, his talent, his personality. In the beginning I knew, of course, not that he is a great guy, now as a teammate I know he is a fine boy.”
Predictions for Sunday, Gilbert difficult. “Julian was strong last year, but we could then not finish it. We’ll see how the Sunday runs. It is up to the team to me and Julian in a seat to bring it to the Pasture, then it is up to us.”
Gilbert has not looked at the Brabant Arrow, which was won by Mathieu van der Poel. “I sat on the bike”, he chuckled. “I watched only the summary. Now, well, it’s like every year, I know who the favorites are Sunday. There is Mathieu. That is not new. It showed all the previous games. We know that he is on a high level course, that will be Sunday. I’m going to do my best, and then we’ll see.”