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by Mark Zalewski
April 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.
Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) was a favourite at Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday, and everyone knew it — including his rivals who rode his wheel to the finale. But his team was also one of the strongest and had the numbers up the road. That he could not contend in the finish did not bother him, telling Belgian media that this race was less important to him.
Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) during the 2017 Brabantse Pijl.
“The Brabantse Pijl is a beautiful course, but not the most important. If I should lose one, then it good to be this race,” he said, looking ahead to the Ardennes Classics that begin with the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday.
Gilbert is clearly one of the favourites for the race, along with others like Michael Matthews (Sunweb).
Gilbert also commented that some of those rivals, like Matthews, were racing against him more than racing for the win.
“I do not really like that kind of racing. Then I only planned to play with them and to make them lose this race. I think they’ve learned their lesson and that is good for the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.”
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