The tree is on fire in the Belgian team before the European championship road race on Sunday! Top star Philippe Gilbert of all people has the match in hand. The classic hunter is angry that he should start as a helper at the European Championships and was not nominated for the World Cup (19-26 September) in his home country! "I was told that out of respect for my record I would not be called up for the World Cup to work for others. Then I really don't understand why I should do this?" He asked himself at wielerflits.be.
At Het Laatste Nieuws, national coach Sven Vanthourenhout replied: "We'll be using a different tactic at the World Cup. I think Gilbert is less needed there because you don't have to teach Wout van Aert how to win big races anymore. Here in Trentino we Remco Evenepoel at the start, who is young, eager and ambitious. Phil can ensure the necessary calm. Remco slows down a little and helps him to avoid mistakes. "
It does not seem certain whether Gilbert is really ready to drive as an instructor and noble helper. "The media apparently know more than I do because I have not yet consulted with him (Vanthourenhout, d. Ed.). I will try to drive the best possible race for myself. We will see for the rest," said the Ex-world champion probably also own interests. Gilbert does not want to go into the World Cup. Only this much: "I wish the team every success."
Any thoughts or other infos on this from you Belgians?