Gilbert frustrated but philosophical after missing out on Tour de France place

Philippe Gilbert at the Deceuninck-QuickStep press conference ahead of Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert has described the decision by his Deceuninck-QuickStep team not to select him for the Tour de France as 'incomprehensible', revealing it will play a part in any decision to leave the Belgian squad and end his prestigious career elsewhere. Gilbert finished third in the one-day Halle-Ingooigem race on Wednesday and vented his frustration before the start. The Paris-Roubaix winner revealed he was informed of his non-selection on Monday evening by directeur sportif Tom Steels. "I am very disappointed. The decision is incomprehensible," Gilbert told Belgian media at Halle-Ingooigem. "I worked hard to ride the Tour, I really wanted to ride this Tour, because it starts in Brussels and because I had to give up last year after a fall. It is a disappointment and a surprise. "This decision was imposed on me, that's not nice but apparently it's also part of the sport." Gilbert said of the lack ...

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