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Gilbert's Spring

frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
edited April 2010 in Pro race
Everyone knows he is good but it is nice to look at it like this:

Milano-Sanremo: 9th
Gent-Wevelgem: 3rd
Tour of Flanders: 3rd
Paris-Roubaix: pass
Brabantse Pijl: 5th
Amstel Gold: 1st
Fleche Wallonne: 6th
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: 4th

Good article about him with quite a few quotes:
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/3951/ ... tness.aspx
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  • Neil McCNeil McC Posts: 625
    Good spring for him, though I expect he's gutted about LBL as that seemed to be the one he was really targetting.

    Gilbert is the one for me out of the current riders who could win all five monuments in his career.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,744 Lives Here
    Neil McC wrote:
    Good spring for him, though I expect he's gutted about LBL as that seemed to be the one he was really targetting.

    Gilbert is the one for me out of the current riders who could win all five monuments in his career.

    Nah.

    It's one thing being part of the finale for a classic. It's another having the form to go out and win it.

    It's difficult to hold those few extra percentage points needed for a win over the whole classics season.

    His target is always the Ardennes, so his form up till then will never be as 'top' as it needs to be for a win.
  • But if he gets LBL in the bag, will he then move his focus away from it? There's very little time between MSR and Paris Roubaix, Boonen manages to hold his form quite easily. I think he's more liekly to do it than Cancellara for example.

    It's a similar situation to Contador. Once he proves this season that's he can win the TDF whenever he feels like it, I can see him moving onto other things. Hell, he's already started on the Ardennes this season and there's talk of the Giro-Tour double next year.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,744 Lives Here
    But if he gets LBL in the bag, will he then move his focus away from it? There's very little time between MSR and Paris Roubaix, Boonen manages to hold his form quite easily. I think he's more liekly to do it than Cancellara for example.

    It's a similar situation to Contador. Once he proves this season that's he can win the TDF whenever he feels like it, I can see him moving onto other things. Hell, he's already started on the Ardennes this season and there's talk of the Giro-Tour double next year.

    Boonen dipped after Flanders - he wasn't in super form at Roubaix.

    20th March to 25th April is a very long time to be 'super'.

    Boonen says so himself, regularly.. :P

    Cancellara has already won all the flatlander classics, so he can turn his focus to peaking for the Ardenne races, if he wants to go for it... (though whether he will or not is a different matter)
  • MoontraneMoontrane Posts: 233
    Neil McC wrote:
    Good spring for him, though I expect he's gutted about LBL as that seemed to be the one he was really targetting.

    Gilbert is the one for me out of the current riders who could win all five monuments in his career.

    Nah.

    It's one thing being part of the finale for a classic. It's another having the form to go out and win it.

    It's difficult to hold those few extra percentage points needed for a win over the whole classics season.

    His target is always the Ardennes, so his form up till then will never be as 'top' as it needs to be for a win.

    In his career not one season. I think he’s got the potential to do it.
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  • MoomaloidMoomaloid Posts: 2,040
    Can't see Pip winning Roubaix
  • ProssPross Posts: 27,008
    I think Canc could do it if he sets his aims on the Ardennes. OK he isn't a climber in the sense that he can survive in the Alps or Pyrenees but the L-B-L hills are in general under 3km and I reckon he can get by on them with his power.
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