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by Matt de Neef
April 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders with thrilling 55km solo move; Coryn Rivera becomes first American to win the Tour of Flanders; Rare victory for Rory Sutherland at Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Simon Yates victorious at GP Miguel Indurain; Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders; Double mechanical ruins Boonen’s Flandrian fairytale; Gilbert outlines dream of winning all five Monuments; Mixed reception to Muur’s Flanders return; Vinokourov and Kolobnev to face court in May over Liege corruption allegation; Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides.
Already a winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia, new Tour of Flanders champion Philippe Gilbert is setting his sights very high indeed: winning all five of cycling’s Monuments.
Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), winner of the 2017 Tour of Flanders.
Gilbert’s victory in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen on Sunday ticked off the third of those five races, and inched him closer to a very select group. Thus far in history, only three riders have taken the quintuple: Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck.
“That has always been a dream,” he confirmed at the post Flanders press conference in Oudenaarde. “I was always speaking about this for a long time now, about winning all the monuments.
“I was getting two times third here in Flanders, two times third in San Remo. Finally I won today in Flanders. I can make a cross on this one, it is done. Now I still have two to make, you know. Roubaix and San Remo. But the good thing it is not my last year.”
Gilbert is undecided as to whether he’ll race Paris-Roubaix next Sunday. It’s been 10 years since his first and only appearance at the French epic: “I don’t know [if I will ride],” he stated. “Normally we were supposed to decide this tonight because I didn’t want to think about this. So I said to the team let’s decide after the race.”
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