Patrick Lefevere: Gilbert knew exactly what he had to do at Roubaix

"When Philippe Gilbert extended his contract with us for two more years, he negotiated a bonus for Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo – the two Monuments that were missing from his palmarès," Deceuninck-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere told the press after Gilbert won at Roubaix on Sunday. "That gives you an indication of the type of person he is," the Belgian continued. "He's very stubborn, and had this on his mind. "We were briefly worried last week when he got sick," Lefevere admitted. "But, at the age of 36, he knew exactly what he had to do. He saved all his energy for this week."ADVERTISEMENT Gilbert's victory meant that the Belgian has now won four of cycling's five Monuments. Only Milan-San Remo has continued to elude him, with wins at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour of Flanders, Il Lombardia and now Paris-Roubaix in the bag. "He's a really special guy," Lefevere added of Gilbert. "If you’ve won everything in your career, including the road race world championships and four out of the five Monument, and you see that even Philippe's crying, it's difficult not to as well, even for me..." Holding back the tears, Lefevere was full of praise for the winner and the rest of his Deceuninck-QuickStep Roubaix squad.
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