'Gilbert is better than Merckx' says Merckx

Philippe Gilbert wins Fleche Wallonne 2011

As the countdown continues towards Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Easter Sunday - the last of the Spring Classics - Eddy Merckx has given a big thumbs-up to top favourite Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto).

"I'm really impressed by what he's done, what he's done so far is better than Merckx!" ‘The Cannibal' told the Belgian press.

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