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.
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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.
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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