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Philippe Gilbert focused on Roubaix and Milan-San Remo glory in ‘strive for five’ quest

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Four-time Monument winner looking to add French and Italian Monument victories to his palmarès

Crossing the finish line in Oudenaarde with his bike held aloft, Gilbert’s solo win was one of the great rides in the history of the Tour of Flanders Credit: Yuzuru SUNADA

Philippe Gilbert has highlighted his ambitious challenge of winning all five Monuments before he calls time on his illustrious career.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly at the Quick-Step Floors training camp in Calpe, Spain, the Tour of Flanders champion reinforced his desire to rack up more one-day success with the Belgian outfit.

“This team is really the best team to be on if you have an ambition in the Classics, this is why I am here and why I signed a new contract.”

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The first main goal on Gilbert’s agenda for the 2018 season is Milan-San Remo in his quest to ‘strive For five’, but he is well aware of the challenge in front of him.

“[Milan]-San Remo is not easy to make something happen, you see a rider like [Peter] Sagan who is the strongest there and still lose it.

“When you start Flanders in the best condition I don’t think you can lose it because at the end of the day the best rider usually wins, it is the same in Liège and Roubaix as well. Whereas it is always difficult to manage the win at Milan-San Remo.”

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