Gilbert banking on his diesel engine for Paris-Roubaix despite Flanders splutter

Phlippe Gilbert put in a final attack before the sprinters took over at Paris-Nice

After a disappointing Tour of Flanders, owing to illness, a motivated Philippe Gilbert returns to action at Paris-Roubaix this weekend. The Belgian has only raced 'The Hell of North' on two occasions in his career - firstly in 2007, before returning last year after a long hiatus. During that time away from the cobbles of Roubaix, the 36-year-old established himself as one of the most prolific one-day riders of his generation, with wins in three of cycling's Monuments and a road world title added to his palmarès. Although he lacks Paris-Roubaix experience, Gilbert cannot be ignored on Sunday, even if his recent form has been hit by an illness that saw him abandon both Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders. "I was sick before Flanders and it wasn't easy to leave the race like that because it was a big objective and I was working hard. The shape ...

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