In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins first climbing stage at Tour de Romandie; Gilbert healing well, will lead his namesake event; Jurgen Van de Walle wins back compensation case against team; Van Avermaet downplays Worlds chances, tips Kristoff and says Belgium should host; BMC to start reduced squad at Tour de Yorkshire; Costa leading UAE Team Emirates in hunt for stage wins at Giro; BORA-Hansgrohe roster for Giro; Former Iranian champ suspended for more than seven years for doping; Driver who killed elderly cyclist and returned as bystander given suspended sentence; Video: Inside a Keirin Race – 360 video; Video: CYCLE – Alps 2 Ocean.
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Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) is apparently recovering well from his kidney tear injury he suffered on his way to winning the Amstel Gold Race. After doctors prescribed him two weeks of absolutely no bicycle, there was doubt he would be able to participate his namesake event, the Philippe Gilbert Classic this Sunday. However, organisers announced he will be there, and riding.
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“With climbs including the Côte de la Roche aux Faucons and the Côte de la Redoute the Belgian champion will have a spirited workout,” the organization said in a statement.
The course offers options of 83km 108km and the full 141km. Gilbert will be riding the 108km option.
The Quick-Step Floors team said doctors gave the Belgian champ the green light to start training again at home, on rollers.
He will appear the day before in Zilvermeer at the “Tom says Thanks” event to say goodbye to the retiring Tom Boonen.