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by Mark Zalewski
April 19, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dennis takes stage win, Pinot leads at Tour of the Alps; Modolo sprints to win at Tour of Croatia opener; Gilbert out of Giro d’Italia; Greg Van Avermaet felt ‘let down by the team’ at Amstel Gold Race; 2018 UCI Road World Championship course could be toughest in history; Western Australia to push for new laws for cyclist safety; Appeal denied for driver who made gun gesture at cyclist, BBC presenter; Community rallies to replace bike stolen from elderly woman; Video: Riders ride through roundabout at Tour of Croatia; Video: Canyon/SRAM ready for La Fléche Wallonne; Video: 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup; Video: Don’t Forget Fun with Team Wooly Mammoth.
Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) will not be able to race the Giro d’Italia due the injury he suffered from a crash at the Amstel Gold Race. The crash resulted in a slight tear to his kidney which was discovered when blood was present in his urine during the medical control following the race.
Initial reports said that he would need to recover for a week. However, upon more evaluation that recovery period increased to two weeks of complete rest — meaning no cycling whatsoever.
“After consulting the Quick-Step Floors medical staff, it’s been agreed that the Belgian Champion will stay off the bike for two weeks and fully recover, before resuming training,” a statement said. “This means that he will not line up for the 100th edition of Giro d’Italia.”
“It’s a big blow for me to miss the Giro, a beautiful race in which I’ve enjoyed success several times in the past, but these kinds of injuries are always delicate and it’s recommended to not rush things, so extending my recovery period is the best decision we could take,” Gilbert said.
“Despite this setback, I remain upbeat and I now look with even more motivation to the second part of the season.”