Philippe Gilbert to miss selection for Tour de France 2019, says report

The 36-year-old will be a reserve rider for the Belgian team, reports L'Equipe

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Philippe Gilbert will not participate in the Tour de France 2019 for Deceuninck-Quick-Step, says French newspaper L'Equipe.

The 36-year-old, winner of Paris-Roubaix in April, will reportedly be a reserve rider for the Belgian team which will focus around Elia Viviani for the sprints and Julian Alaphilippe for mountain stages and his defence of the polka-dot jersey. They have yet to formally confirm their Tour line-up.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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