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Huy (Belgium) (AFP) - Amstel Gold winner Philippe Gilbert brushed off his disappointing 10th placed finish at Fleche Wallonne, insisting he is focused on Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The 31-year-old Belgian was the clear favourite coming into Wednesday's race having blitzed the opposition in last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, where he finished five seconds clear of second-placed Jelle Vanendert despite letting up as he celebrated his win before crossing the line. Yet he was caught in a bad position at the foot of the final Mur de Huy climb at the Fleche Wallonne and was unable to work his way through the field, ending up 10th, 15sec behind winner Alejandro Valverde. But Gilbert said it meant little, confirming his assertion before the second of the three 'Ardennes Classics' that it was "just a midweek race" and that his true objective is victory in Liege, the fourth of five 'Monument' races this year.
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