Gilbert: There aren't 40 different ways of winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Philippe Gilbert speaks to the press ahead of Fleche Wallonne 2018

Philippe Gilbert will once again race as capitaine de route for Quick-Step Floors and their young protegé Julian Alaphilippe on Sunday, and the veteran Belgian star’s key lesson concerning Liège-Bastogne-Liège is that "there aren't 40 different ways of winning it." "In the Ardennes Classics, it's very clear. It's different to the Flemish Classics where lots of different factors can have an effect. Here, if you race intelligently, you know you'll be up there," Gilbert told reporters on Friday. "I always say that these are the easiest races to win when you are going well. You almost know before you start if you are going to win. "The most straightforward strategy is not to lose sight of Valverde, because he’s the big favourite, with all his experience of racing here. He’s seen it all before, and what’s more he’s a rider who never loses his cool. "He was beaten fair and ...

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