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Philippe Gilbert, seen here in Gent-Wevelgem, will be the team leader on Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert, seen here in Gent-Wevelgem, will be the team leader on Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Gilbert Likes Brabantse Pijl As Amstel Warm-Up

8. April 2013

Wednesday's edition of Brabantse Pijl will serve as the final tune-up for Philippe Gilbert before the BMC Racing Team's world road champion takes on the Ardennes classics.

Race Winner in 2011
Gilbert raced for five days in wet and cold conditions last week at Vuelta al País Vasco. He said the decision to forgo the Tour of Flanders and instead race in Spain was a good one. "The first stages were very hard," he said. "But I was always there and trying just to follow. I made some good efforts." Winner of Brabantse Pijl in 2011 and runner-up in 2008, Gilbert said he can't think of a better warm-up before his target races of the spring. "I like Brabantse Pijl because it's technical and I can do a lot of efforts," he said. "I can go deep in this race and still recover in time for Amstel on Sunday." BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said while the course for the 199.9 km race has changed some from last year, it won't change the team's approach. "Philippe will be a well-protected leader with some good support riders around him – for example, Adam Blythe, Klaas Lodewyck and Yannick Eijssen," Lelangue said. "It will be a good last dress rehearsal before the big week of the Ardennes classics."

BMC Racing Team Brabantse Pijl roster (April 10):
Adam Blythe (GBR), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Martin Kohler (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

 

Directeur Sportif:

John Lelangue (BEL)

 

Doctor:

Dario Spinelli (ITA)

 

Staff:

Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Mechanics: Peter De Bleecker (BEL), Glen Vandevyvere (BEL). Soigneurs: Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Marc Paeme (BEL).