Last weekend, Philippe Gilbert won Paris-Roubaix after an impressive display of strength both from him and his Deceuninck-Quick Step team. Ahead of Amstel Gold Race, the Belgian has said that there could be more of the same to come on Sunday.
During the closing stages of the ‘Hell of the north’, Gilbert had teammate Yves Lampaert for company in the lead group, while Zdenek Štybar and Florian Senechal disrupted the chase.
Gilbert heads into Amstel, which he has won four times, alongside Julian Alaphilippe, arguably the stand-out rider of the
“It’s a nice race. It suits me,” said Gilbert at his team’s pre-race press conference in Lanaken. “I’m still fresh enough and still focused on what’s coming. We’re going for it.
“We’ll do it like in the cobbled classics. We start with several trump cards. It offers advantages over the other teams, and it also gives us confidence.”
Gilbert and Štybar may have made the headlines, but with Bob Jungels, Kasper Asgreen and Florian Sénéchal all stepping up, there was a sense that Deceuninck-Quick Step could call on anybody during the cobbled classics.
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