Tour of Flanders winner Philippe Gilbert will ride for Belgian team Quick-Step Floors for an additional two years. The team announced the news Monday with team CEO Patrick Lefevere calling the Belgian “an important asset.”
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Gilbert, 35, started the 2017 season on a one-year deal with Quick-Step after riding with BMC Racing for five years. He had a string of excellent results in the spring classics. After second-place finishes at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke, he won Ronde van Vlaanderen. Then, Gilbert won Amstel Gold Race despite a crash that injured his kidney.
“It was my dream to extend the contract, and I knew that after winning De Ronde and Amstel this would be possible,” Gilbert said. “I’m super happy to continue for two more years with Quick-Step Floors!”
Recently, the 2012 world champion withdrew from the Tour de France on stage 16 and did not finish Clasica San Sebastian, a race he won in 2011.
He has hinted that he’d like to try winning all five of cycling’s monument races. So far, he has won Il Lombardia, Flanders, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. That leaves Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo, two races that aren’t particularly suited to Gilbert’s strengths as more of a climber.
Nevertheless, he reemphasized his big ambitions: “It would be a dream come true to win races like Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo with this team. That’s also one of the reasons why I wanted to sign for two more years, to build up and increase my chances.”