Sunday, the one you could almost call “Mr. Amstel Gold Race” will run for the last time on the slopes of Valkenburg. Philip Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), four-time winner of the Dutch race (2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017), will retire at the end of the season. But before, it remains Sunday therefore. What give him a chance to equal the record of John Raas and his five hits on theAmsterdam. The 39-year-old Belgian gave an interview to the RTBF to talk about his knowledge of the race, his background, and his love for it.
Video – 2017, Philippe Gilbert’s last victory on the Amstel
“I loved going to train there because it really is a paradise for cyclists”
“For sure, it’s one of the races that I will miss. It requires a good knowledge and experience of the course and I have that because I have always trained a lot in Dutch Limburg. When I lived in Belgium, I loved going to train there because it really is a paradise for cyclists. For all these reasons, I will miss this race. But I think winning on Sunday is a bit premature for me. My form is coming back but I think it will be insufficient to win such a difficult and coveted race.”explains the former world champion.
Philip Gilbert I finally consider that the difficulty of theAmstel Gold Race comes from its layout, complicated and sometimes hard to read… What it tries to explain, sometimes without success: “This course is for me its main particularity. The Amstel takes place in a very restricted geographical area. We very often go through the same places, we take certain roads three or four times, sometimes even in different directions. It’s always very complicated. When I’m training with teammates or strangers, I try to explain the course to them. But no matter how hard I try to explain to them, no one understands me! (laughs)“.
I have very fond memories of the magical and mythical Cauberg.
Looking forward to next Sunday’s race and saying goodbye to the Dutch fans in style! ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡±ðŸ’‹ pic.twitter.com/QzSRraXwCX
— Philippe Gilbert (@PhilippeGilbert) April 8, 2022