No Place Like Home As Philippe Gilbert Targets Maiden Win

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BRUSSELS, May 21, 2013 (AFP) - World champion Philippe Gilbert chases his first victory of the season as a strong field gets set to begin the five stage Tour of Belgium on Wednesday. The BMC team leader pulled out of last week's Tour of California to attend the birth of his second child but will line up for his home race in optimistic mood with the final stage suited to his climbing … [Read more...]

World Road Champion Philippe Gilbert Departs Amgen Tour

Reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert of the BMC Racing Team withdrew from the Amgen Tour of California before the start of Stage 4 Wednesday to attend to a pressing family matter. Baby Coming Soon "My wife is going to have our baby sooner than the delivery date," Gilbert said. "So it's an exciting reason and very important for me to be there." Racing for the first time in the United … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Predicts A Highly Tactical Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Belgium Spirit Runs Strong

LIEGE, Belgium, April 20, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian world champion Philippe Gilbert is expecting Sunday's 99th Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic, which he won in 2011, to be a tactical affair. "It's going to be more tactical and therefore important to rely on your team, I've got confidence in them" Gilbert said of his BMC outfit, before lamenting the absence of two of his teammates. "Here … [Read more...]

Gilbert, Phinney Out of Tour of Flanders

PARIS, March 28, 2013 - Reigning world champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and American rider Taylor Phinney have both been ruled out of Sunday's Tour of Flanders, their team BMC announced on Thursday. Gilbert, who has twice finished third in the spring classic race, is currently recovering from a cold and is not in suitable condition to take part, while Phinney has a knee injury … [Read more...]

Gilbert Ready For First Race As World Champion

Gilbert Wins The 2012 World Road Championship

Philippe Gilbert of the BMC Racing Team proclaimed himself ready for his first race since winning the world road title during a pre-Il Lombardia press conference Friday near Milan, Italy. Rain In The Forecast Gilbert was presented with his rainbow-striped kit and matching BMC teammachine SLR01 before the event. "I think it (the race) will be a little bit special because it will be the first … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Ends Frustrating Year With World Road Title

Gilbert Wins The 2012 World Road Championship

valkenburg, Netherlands, Sept 23, 2012 (AFP) - Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert won the men's cycling world road race title for the first time on Sunday. The 30-year-old, who last year became only the second rider to win all three Ardennes one day classics in the same season, broke away on the final climb to come home clear of Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen while Alejandro Valverde of … [Read more...]

Gilbert, Boonen Lead Charge Into World Road Race

Tom Boonen All About The Cobbles - Paris-Roubaix 2012

by Jean Montois VALKENBURG, Netherlands, Sept 22, 2012 (AFP) - Philippe Gilbert and Tom Boonen will lead a powerful Belgian team as the world championship road race takes center stage on the roads around Valkenburg on Sunday. "No other team will be as strong as Belgium with Tom as a sprinter and myself as an attacker," boasted Gilbert ahead of the 267km race over … [Read more...]

Gilbert Wins Tour of Spain Stage 19, Contador Keeps Lead

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LA LASTRILLA, Spain, Sept 7, 2012 (AFP) - Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert clinched his second stage win of the Tour of Spain Friday with a final surge while Spain's Alberto Contador held on to the overall leader's red jersey. Gilbert launched an attack less than a kilometre from the line of the 19th stage and broke ahead of a pack of around 40 cyclists to finish ahead of Spaniards … [Read more...]

Gilbert Wins Vuelta a España Stage 9

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BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert bested Vuelta a España race leader Joaquin Rodriguez in a two-up sprint Sunday in Barcelona to score his first victory of the season. 'I Never Stopped Fighting' After thrusting his arm in the air after crossing the line ahead of the Katusha Team rider and seven seconds ahead of third place, Gilbert said the victory was satisfying, particularly coming nearly … [Read more...]

Gilbert Wins Tour of Spain Ninth Stage, Rodriguez Extends Lead

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BARCELONA, Aug 26, 2012 (AFP) - Belgium's Philippe Gilbert claimed the Tour of Spain's ninth stage here on Sunday, with local hope Joaquim Rodriguez retaining possession of the overall leader's red jersey. Gilbert prevailed in a dash for the line, with Rodriguez in second and Italian Paolo Tiralongo taking third at the end of a taxing 196.3km run from Andorra, the longest stage in this … [Read more...]