• Philippe Gilbert Made a quick recovery to step back on the bike after picking himself off the floor. (Getty)Source: Getty
Philippe Gilbert has made a speedy recovery from a kidney tear and will return to racing this weekend.
Cycling Central

27 Apr 2017 - 8:12 AM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2017 - 10:22 AM

The 34-year-old was last week ruled out the 5-28 May Giro d’Italia after doctors ordered him to take two weeks of total rest before returning to training.

The Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race champion was forced to miss both the Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège Ardennes classics.

His Quick-Step Floors team said he’d “received good news from the doctors, who gave him the green light to start training again.”

He is due to race in two events on Saturday and Sunday. The first is retired team-mate Tom Boonen’s farewell race in Zilvermeer then his own Philippe Gilbert Classic in Aywaille on Sunday.

The team statement did not say if Gilbert would still miss the Giro but noted a revised racing schedule would be released shortly.

Gilbert Update: now also out of Giro with kidney tear
The Belgian champion will scratch the Giro d’Italia from his calendar after picking up an injury in Amstel Gold.
Gilbert benched for remaining Ardennes races
Philippe Gilbert, the winner of both Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2011, will not start either in 2017.