The Last Tour of Beijing Stage Ends With A New Winner

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has been crowned as the third and final champion of the Tour of Beijing, the Belgian joining two-time winner Tony Martin and Benat Intxausti as the winner of Asia’s only WorldTour event. Gilbert confirmed his overall victory following today’s 117km race finale in which Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took out a bunch sprint at the Bird’s Nest Piazza ahead of Greg … [Read more...]

Gilbert Cannot Hide Disappointment After Liege Loss

ANS, Belgium, April 27, 2014 (AFP) - Philippe Gilbert could not hide his disappointment after finishing eighth at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who was born in Verviers, in the same region that 'La Doyenne' is raced, came into the race as one of two overwhelming favourites, alongside Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who came second. Having won this race in 2009, when … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Aiming To Make Liege History

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAUDFONTAINE, Belgium, April 25, 2014 (AFP) - Liege-Bastogne-Liege favourite Philippe Gilbert is looking for a historic victory at his home Spring Classic with Belgium's King Philippe due to attend Sunday's race. Gilbert has won once before in Liege but this year's edition will be the 100th, hence why King Philippe will be in attendance. "To have the … [Read more...]

Gilbert and Valverde Big Favourites At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LIEGE, Belgium, April 26, 2014 (AFP) - Having won the previous two Ardennes Classics, Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde come into Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege race as the clear favourites. Gilbert made a stunning attack on the final Cauberg climb to win last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race from Belgian compatriot Jelle Vanendert while Valverde timed his … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Unconcerned By His Fleche Wallone Performance

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 24, 2014 (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 … [Read more...]

Mean, Lean Philippe Gilbert Eyes Ardennes Three-Peat

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - A new, leaner Philippe Gilbert stormed to victory at the Amstel Gold Race and then set his sights on a second Ardennes treble. It was his third victory on the 251.8km course that began in Maastricht and ended in Valkenburg on Sunday with a demonstration of Gilbert's strength after he accelerated away from the … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Lands The Amstel Gold Hat-Trick

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Belgium's Philippe Gilbert surged clear on the final Cauberg climb to win his third Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 31-year-old -- winner in 2010 and 2011 -- made his move inside the final 4km following a dummy-attack by BMC team-mate Samuel Sanchez and by the top of the climb, 1.8km from the finish, he was … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Aiming For Hat-Trick at Amstel Gold

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011, proved he is back on form after missing the cobbled Classics in the previous two weeks when he sprinted to victory … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Wins Stage 12, Nibali Maintains Lead

TARRAGONA, Spain, Sept 05, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert (BMC) edged out Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) in a sprint finish to take the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain on Thursday. Boasson Hagen looked set for victory in the 164.2km ride from Maella to Tarragona after being led to within sight of the line by teammate Rigoberto Uran. But Gilbert produced a late surge to … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Extends Contract With BMC Racing Team

World road champion Philippe Gilbert has extended his contract with the BMC Racing Team, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Tuesday. Aiming For Another World Title "We are pleased to announce that Philippe has extended his contract through the 2016 season," Ochowicz said. "After the Tour de France, he will focus on the one day ProTour races and his defense of his world … [Read more...]