In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
Your Saturday Daily News Digest
Currently enjoying his best spring campaign for many years, as shown by a stage win and overall victory in this week’s Three Days of De Panne, Philippe Gilbert will begin the Tour of Flanders as one of the top favourites. His De Panne performances plus runner-up slots in the Dwars Door Vlaanderen and the E3 Harelbeke see him rank alongside Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet as a big favourite for Sunday’s race, and mark a return to form for the Belgian rider.
So, what’s changed? Over the winter Gilbert moved from the BMC Racing Team to the QuickStep Floors squad and now seems back to his best form. CyclingTips asked him on Thursday in the post-race press conference how that move has helped him to step up a level.
“I am happy to be part of this new team,” Gilbert replied. “We have good support, good material and a really high level of teammates – really motivated and professional.”
So does he feel more motivated this season?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I am feeling really good in my skin, you know? So this helps for sure.”
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