Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney to miss Tour of Flanders, reveal BMC

Last Updated: 28/03/13 4:42pm

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Philippe Gilbert: BMC rider to miss Tour of Flanders

Philippe Gilbert: BMC rider to miss Tour of Flanders

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BMC riders Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney have both been ruled out of Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

World champion Gilbert, who has twice finished third in the spring classic race, is currently recovering from a cold and does not consider himself fit enough to take part.

"With my current condition, I know I cannot be successful at Flanders," said the Belgian.

American Phinney has a knee injury although he is hoping to return to peak condition for the Paris-Roubaix on April 7.

Phinney said: "I'm confident if I stay at home in Italy and have a couple more days of recovery, I can be back 100 percent for Paris-Roubaix."

Britain's Adam Blythe has been named in the BMC team for the race to help cover for the duo's absence.

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