April 21, 2011
Philippe Gilbert is on some roll. The stats from his classics results in the past few years come up in the posts here quite often, but they are certainly worth repeating. In the five monument classics (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Lombardy), of the last nine editions that he has entered, he has finished in the top 10 every time. He is almost a certainty to make it ten in a row in Liege-Bastogne-Liege this weekend.
Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege are the three races which collectively make up Ardennes week. Recently it has come to be referred to by some as ‘drugs week’. If you look back over the list of recent winners in these races it’s easy to see why. Alexander Vinokourov, Davide Rebellin, Alejandro Valverde, Stefan Schumacher and Danilo Di Luca have all dominated the last decade in these races and have all been suspended for doping misdemeanors in the past few years.