'I lack mental freshness': Philippe Gilbert to miss Tour of Flanders 2021

The Belgian says he will rest up and try to re-focus in time for the Ardennes Classics

Philippe Gilbert (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

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Philippe Gilbert is set to miss the Tour of Flanders, the Belgian ruling himself out citing a lack of mental freshness, deciding instead to try and re-focus in time for the Ardennes Classics.

"We decided with the team that I was going to take a rest period now because things are not going well," Gilbert explained. "It's been a few weeks of things going wrong. We took the time to analyse everything we could analyse and the best explanation is that it is a lack of mental and physical freshness.

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