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by Mark Zalewski
April 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaudin wins out of two-rider break at Tro Bro Leon; Scarponi nets Astana first win of season at Tour of the Alps; Gilbert outsprints Kwiatkowski to win his fourth Amstel Gold Race; Anna van der Breggen powers to a solo victory at women’s Amstel Gold Race return; Walkout: Illuminate women leave over dispute with manager; Gilbert out for rest of Classics with kidney injury; Rivera retains Women’s WorldTour lead after Amstel Gold Race; Amstel Gold Race defending champ Gasparotto crashes out, but escapes serious injury; Pieter Weening expected to return for Liège; Cookson says he did nothing to be ‘ashamed of or concerned about’ while head of British Cycling; Apeldoorn to host 2018 UCI Track World Championships; 2017 UCI Track World Championships – Day 4 highlights; Video: Paris-Roubaix with Fast Forward Wheels.
While in the midst of an amazing Spring Classics campaign, including an impressive fourth victory at the Amstel Gold Race, Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) announced he will have to stop racing the rest of the Classics due to a tear in his kidney as a result of a crash during Sunday’s race.
“When I crashed, I felt pain, but once I remounted and continued the race things became better and better and the pain disappeared,” he said. “Unfortunately, after the finish, the lower back pain returned, so together with the team doctor I decided to go to the hospital for a check-up. Fortunately, it’s nothing serious, and if everything goes well, in a week I will start training again.”
After the race and the subsequent press conference the pain was still present and he was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a minor right kidney tear. The injury requires a week of complete rest and recovery, meaning that he will be forced to skip Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
“It’s one of my best years and looking behind on what I achieved makes me very happy. To be competitive in both the cobbled and the Ardennes Classics and to help the team be the best in the world brings me a lot of satisfaction. It’s sad I won’t be there for the remaining races of this week, because I was in great condition, but our squad is a strong one and I’m confident other good results will follow.”
The team said Gilbert will remain under observation at the hospital for a further 24 hours, before getting the green light from the doctors to go home and continue recovery.