Tour De France: Gilbert Complains Of Gc Riders Getting In The Way In Sprints

Philippe Gilbert at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The opening stages of the Tour de France tend to be fast and nervous. General classification candidates are eager not to lose any time to their rivals and therefore want to finish as high as possible. But, when those early stages are bunch sprint finishes, the combination of top sprinters and GC riders mixing it in the gallop can be a dangerous one, at least according to Philippe Gilbert ( Quick-Step Floors ). Gilbert's teammate, and race leader at the time, Fernando Gaviria was caught up in a crash in the finale of stage 2 and was unable to contest the sprint, which was won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). "What irritates me, is that certain riders, in spite of the three-kilometer rule that the International Cycling Union (UCI) created still 'fight' within the first 20 positions of the peloton," Gilbert said, according HLN.com. "Climber types are usually not as fast ...

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