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Philippe Gilbert to miss the rest of Ardennes Classics
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Philippe Gilbert to miss the rest of Ardennes Classics

Gilbert ordered to rest after a minor tear in his kidney in a crash at Amstel Gold.

Four-time winner of the Dutch race was suffering from pain on his right side after a crash at the Amstel Gold.

He went to the hospital for examinations that determined that he has a minor right kidney tear that requires a week of rest.

 

 
Philippe Gilbert wins the Amstel Gold race
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Philippe Gilbert wins the Amstel Gold race

It was a tough day for the Pro Peloton in the Netherlands with strong winds, 35 climbs and 261 kilometres of racing.

An early break of 12 riders was reeled in by a chasing peloton with 44 kms to go.

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) out sprinted final breakaway companion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the closing metres to take his fourth win at the Amstel Gold Race.

 
PREVIEW: Amstel Gold Race
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PREVIEW: Amstel Gold Race

The cobbled classics have come to an end and now it's time for Ardennes Week for the Pro Peloton. The first race is this Sunday's 52nd edition of the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands. Starting in Maastricht, the race is 261 kms long. 

The route contains lots of twists and turns on very narrow country roads, with lots of climbs and road furniture too. Crashes are common and the favourites face a constant battle to be near the front, so the pace is typically fast and furious.

Preview of the course, the teams, and the favorites ahead of this Sunday's action.

 
Sonny Colbrelli wins Brabantse Pijl
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Sonny Colbrelli wins Brabantse Pijl

Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli has won Brabantse Pijl.

In the final final sprint, the Italian riding for Bahrain-Merida had the best legs of the day and out sprinted last year's winner Vakoc, who finished second and Benoot who finished third. C

Colbrelli adds this to his seventh place in E3 Harelbeke and winning the second stage of Paris-Nice.

 
Philippe Gilbert ready to focus on the Ardennes Classics
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Philippe Gilbert focus is now on the Ardennes classics

The peloton will leave the cobbles behind them to focus on the Amstel Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the next classics.

It is now up to the Roulers to boss the small slopes of the Ardennes.
 
Ten days after his triumph in the Tour of Flanders Philippe Gilbert races the Amstel Gold race this Sunday.