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by Mark Zalewski
July 28, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark
With the Tour de France in the books, the pro cycling world’s attention will begin to turn to August 1, the date that rider transfers can be officially announced. But there is always a buzz of rumors leading up to that date, with the latest being that Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert will be heading to the Belgian-registered Etixx-QuickStep team.
“We will meet soon,” Manager Patrick Lefevere said in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws. “But there is still no official confirmation. Philippe has asked me for a draft contract, but that is no guarantee. But I’m feeling hopeful.”
Gilbert had his pick of teams after 2011 when he did the Ardennes triple — winning the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Lefevere lost out to BMC’s large budget in signing Gilbert. However, his 2016 Classics campaign has been much more lackluster, suffering a broken finger during the middle of the Classics after an altercation with a driver while training in Belgium.
Since then he has posted better results, including a stage win, the points jersey and second overall at the Tour of Luxembourg, along with the Belgian national championship.
If Lefevere is to sign Gilbert, it will likely only be for one year, as the team’s sponsorship is currently only assured through the end of the 2017 season.
Click through to read more at Eurosport.