Philippe Gilbert

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Philippe Gilbert
Philippe Gilbert, Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2013 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Philippe Gilbert
Nickname Boar of the Ardennes[1]
Born (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 32)
Verviers, Liège, Belgium[2]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[3]
Team information
Current team BMC Racing Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Puncheur
Professional team(s)
2003–2008
2009–2011
2012–
FDJeux.com
Silence-Lotto
BMC Racing Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2011)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2009)
Vuelta a España
5 individual stages (2010, 2012, 2013)

Stage races

Paris–Corrèze (2004)
Ster ZLM Toer (2009, 2011, 2014)
Tour of Belgium (2011)

One-day races and Classics

UCI Road World Championships (2012)
National Road Race Championships (2011)
National Time Trial Championships (2011)
Giro di Lombardia (2009, 2010)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2011)
Amstel Gold Race (2010, 2011, 2014)
La Flèche Wallonne (2011)
Clásica de San Sebastián (2011)
GP de Québec (2011)
Giro del Piemonte (2009, 2010)
Brabantse Pijl (2011, 2014)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2006, 2008)
Paris–Tours (2008, 2009)
Strade Bianche (2011)

Other

UCI World Tour (2011)
Velo d'Or (2011)
Infobox last updated on
18 May 2014

Philippe Gilbert (born 5 July 1982) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team BMC Racing Team.[4] Gilbert is best known for winning the World Road Race Championships in 2012,[5] and for being one of two riders, along with Davide Rebellin, to have won the three Ardennes classics – the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège – in a single season, which he accomplished in 2011.[6] Gilbert also finished the 2011 season as the overall winner of the UCI World Tour.[7] Gilbert was accused of abusing Cortisone by an anonymous former Lotto teammate during this dominant period with Omega Pharma-Lotto, an allegation which the Belgian vehemently denies.[8]

A Classics specialist, Gilbert has won several classic cycle races, including Paris–Tours twice (2008, 2009), the Giro di Lombardia twice (2009, 2010), the Amstel Gold Race three times (2010, 2011, 2014), La Flèche Wallonne (2011), Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2011) and the Clásica de San Sebastián (2011). He has also won stages at each of the three cycling Grand Tours; he won a stage at the Giro d'Italia in 2009, a stage at the Tour de France in 2011, and five stages at the Vuelta a España, winning two in both 2010 and 2012, and one in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Gilbert currently resides in Monaco-Ville,[9] with his wife Patricia, and their sons Alan (b. 2010),[10] and Alexandre (b. 2013).[11]

Gilbert's younger brother Jerome is also a racing cyclist.[12]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Remouchamps in the municipality of Aywaille, Gilbert turned professional in 2003 by joining FDJeux.com after riding as stagiaire for the team in late 2000. During this season he recorded his first victory by winning a stage in Tour de l'Avenir. In 2004 he began by winning a stage in the Tour Down Under as well as the young rider classification. He participated in the men's road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics where he finished 49th. He also won the Paris–Corrèze. In 2005 he won several races in France, which allowed him to win the Coupe de France de cyclisme sur route. These victories included Trophée des Grimpeurs, Tour du Haut-Var and the Polynormande. He also took stages in Four Days of Dunkirk and Tour Méditerranéen.

2006 season[edit]

2006 would become his most successful year thus far when he won the prestigious Omloop Het Volk after repeatedly attacking until he got away alone with 7 km to go.[13] During the season he also won GP de Fourmies and GP de Wallonie as well as stages at Dauphiné Libére and ENECO Tour.

2007 season[edit]

In early 2007 he had a skin cancer lesion removed from his thigh.[14] Because of this he had to delay the start of his season. That did not stop him from trying himself during Milan – San Remo, where he managed to escape on the Poggio with Riccardo Ricco before being captured 1200 meters from the finishing line. He could not get any victory during the season until Tour de Limousin, where he claimed his only victory in 2007 by winning a stage. In Paris–Tours he was caught with 500 meters to go along with Karsten Kroon and Filippo Pozzato.

2008 season[edit]

Gilbert started 2008 by winning the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour Down Under and the overall classification as well as two stages of the Vuelta a Mallorca. He also finished third in the Milan – San Remo, accomplishing his first podium in a monument. He later won Het Volk for the second time in his career after a solo attack with almost 50 kilometers to go. Four days later he won the GP Samyn. He finished the year by winning the classic Paris–Tours race in a late breakaway where he won a sprint between his three breakaway companions. The peloton finished four seconds back.

2009 season[edit]

In 2009 he joined Silence-Lotto to lead the Belgian team in the classics, finishing third at Tour of Flanders and fourth in both Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He also took his first stage in a Grand Tour by winning the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia[15] and won a stage and the overall classification of the Ster Elektrotoer. Later in the season he repeated his Paris–Tours win, attacking on the last climb with Tom Boonen and Borut Božič before outsprinting them to the line. A week later, he also won the prestigious Giro di Lombardia after escaping from the peloton with Samuel Sánchez, beating him to the finish by a half-length. It was his fourth consecutive victory in 10 days after also winning the Coppa Sabatini, Paris-Tours and Giro del Piemonte. At the end of the season he was awarded the Flandrien of the Year award, recognizing him as the best Belgian rider of the year.[16]

2010 season[edit]

In 2010 he won his first classic of the year, Amstel Gold Race, in April. After an aggressive race featuring many attacks, he won through a big attack in the last 500 meters of the climb to the finish, comfortably winning by several bike lengths from the peloton.[17] He also won the first stage of the Tour of Belgium. Gilbert then ended the 2010 season in superb form. He followed up two stage wins in the Vuelta a España with victories in the Giro del Piemonte and the Giro di Lombardia, repeating his 2009 wins in both races. The Giro di Lombardia was won with a solo attack in atrocious weather conditions.[18]

2011 season[edit]

In 2011, Gilbert won the Montepaschi Strade Bianche, a race including 70 kilometres of gravel roads. He then had a quadruple consecutive win: first he won the Brabantse Pijl, then he repeated as winner of Amstel Gold Race, breaking free on the Cauberg. Three days later, he won La Flèche Wallonne dropping his rivals on the final climb of the Mur de Huy and finally he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège beating the Schleck brothers in the sprint. Gilbert thus became the second rider, after Davide Rebellin in 2004, to win the three Ardennes classics in a single year.[19] During the first half of the season he also won stages at the Volta ao Algarve, Tirreno–Adriatico as well as the overall classification and a stage of both the Tour of Belgium and Ster ZLM Toer.

Gilbert at the 2011 Tour de France, wearing the Belgian national champion's jersey.

In late, June Gilbert won the national road race championships.[20] In July he would take the opening 191.5 km stage of the Tour de France, winning by three seconds over Cadel Evans, allowing him to be the first person to put on the yellow jersey as overall leader.[21] He lost that jersey in the team time trial the next day but still held the green jersey and the polka dot jersey after stage two. A week after the end of the Tour, Gilbert won the Clásica de San Sebastián, and in mid-August, Gilbert won the 3rd stage at the ENECO Tour, taking his 15th victory of the year.

In September, Gilbert won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and took over the lead of the UCI world rankings by raking in the 80 points allowed to the victor.[22] He followed that performance two days later at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal by finishing on the third step of the podium, despite stating that he felt "no pressure" after his Quebec City victory. With that placing, Gilbert deposited another 50 UCI points in his account.[23] He would race in the October Italian classic, the Giro di Lombardia, taking eight place after he was distanced on the final climb.[24] He eventually closed the season well ahead in the UCI World Tour rankings, with 718 points as his closest competitor Cadel Evans had garnered 584 points.[25] He won 18 races in the season, more than any other cyclist in the professional peloton.[26]

2012 season[edit]

Gilbert sprinting to victory in the road race at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships

In 2012, Gilbert signed for BMC Racing Team on a three-year contract reportedly worth three million euros annually.[4] His goals for his new squad were to perform highly in the Spring classics and help his team-mate Cadel Evans repeat his 2011 feat of winning the Tour de France.[26] Neither of those came to fruition, as Gilbert's best result in the one-day spring races was third of La Flèche Wallonne, where he got deposited on the final climb by Joaquim Rodriguez who won atop the historic Mur de Huy with a slim margin of 4 seconds.[27] Three days prior, he took sixth position at the Amstel Gold Race and was pleased to achieve a top ten ranking in the Ardennes' race.[28] He missed out on his goal to bring Cadel Evans in yellow to Paris and his best placing in a Tour de France stage was fourth.[26] He also lost both of the Belgian National Championship titles he held, the Road Race and the Individual Time Trial, finishing on the third step of the podium for the latter.[29]

On 26 August 2012, Gilbert finally managed his first victory of the season by winning the ninth stage of the Vuelta a España after breaking away together with Joaquim Rodríguez.[30] He later won a second stage of the race, winning stage nineteen on 7 September.[31]

On 23 September 2012, Gilbert won the UCI Elite Men's Road Race world championship and the rainbow jersey, ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen and Alejandro Valverde by producing a massive surge on the final climb of the Cauberg.[32]

2013 season[edit]

In 2013, Gilbert headed towards the World Championships without a single win in the rainbow jersey, in danger of his first winless season since turning professional in 2003. He started the Vuelta hoping that the competition would, for the second successive year, kick-start his season. After being narrowly defeated in a sprint by Zdeněk Štybar on stage 7,[33] Gilbert finally clinched a victory in the rainbow stripes when he caught and passed Edvald Boasson Hagen to win stage 12.[34]

2014 season[edit]

In 2014, Gilbert picked up his previous form when in the spring he won his second Brabantse Pijl and his third Amstel Gold Race.

Palmarès[edit]

2003
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 9
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2004
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Stage 3 Tour Down Under
2nd Paris–Brussels
2005
1st Trophée des Grimpeurs
1st Tour du Haut-Var
1st Polynormande
1st Coupe de France de cyclisme sur route
1st Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 2 Tour Méditerranéen
2nd GP de Wallonie
2006
1st Omloop Het Volk
1st GP de Wallonie
1st GP de Fourmies
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 7 Eneco Tour
2nd GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
2nd Trophée des Grimpeurs
2nd Le Samyn
2nd GP d'Isbergues
2007
1st Stage 1 Tour du Limousin
2nd Le Samyn
2008
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Mallorca
1st Paris–Tours
1st Omloop Het Volk
1st Trofeo Mallorca
1st Trofeo Soller
1st Le Samyn
1st Mountains classification Tour Down Under
2nd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Milan – San Remo
2009
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 4
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Paris–Tours
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Coppa Sabatini
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia
3rd Tour of Flanders
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Road race, Road World Championships
2010
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Giro del Piemonte
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 3 & 19
Held Jersey red.svg Red Jersey from Stages 3–7
1st Stage 1 Tour of Belgium
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Brabantse Pijl
6th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Milan – San Remo
2011
1st Overall UCI World Tour
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Road Race Champion
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Time Trial Champion
1st Jersey black.svg Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 4
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
1st Montepaschi Strade Bianche
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st GP de Wallonie
1st Stage 1 Tour de France
Held Jersey yellow.svg Yellow Jersey for Stage 1
1st Stage 5 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 Volta ao Algarve
2nd Overall Eneco Tour
1st Stage 3
3rd Milan – San Remo
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
8th Giro di Lombardia
9th Tour of Flanders
2012
Road World Championships
1st MaillotMundial.PNG Road race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team time trial
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 9 & 19
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
6th Amstel Gold Race
2013
1st Stage 12 Vuelta a España
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd Brabantse Pijl
3rd Overall Tour of Belgium
5th Amstel Gold Race
5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Gullegem Koerse
9th World Road Race Championships
10th Grand Prix de Wallonie
2014
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Prologue & Stage 3 Ster ZLM Toer
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Tour de Picardie
3rd Classic Sud-Ardèche
4th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
4th RideLondon–Surrey Classic[35]
7th Overall Eneco Tour[36]
8th Roma Maxima
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
9th La Drôme Classic
10th La Flèche Wallonne

Grand Tour general classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 32 - WD - - 97 - - - - -
Yellow jersey Tour - 70 110 WD 112 - - 38 46 62 -
red jersey Vuelta - - - 69 WD 54 50 - 59 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Classics results[edit]

This table shows Gilbert's results in the great classics and the UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race.

Year Milan – San Remo Gent–Wevelgem Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix Amstel Gold Race La Flèche Wallonne Liège–Bastogne–Liège Clásica de San Sebastián UCI Road World Championships Paris-Tours Giro di Lombardia
2005 6th 77th 25th 74th
2006 32nd 29th 69th 21st 38th 92nd 13th
2007 21st 45th 25th 52nd 19th 16th 84th 8th 27th
2008 3rd 62nd 15th 29th 92nd 89th 15th 1st
2009 23rd 3rd 4th 35th 4th 6th 1st 1st
2010 9th 3rd 3rd 1st 6th 3rd 43rd 18th 63rd 1st
2011 3rd 36th 9th 1st 1st 1st 1st 17th 67th 8th
2012 87th 39th 75th 6th 3rd 16th 1st
2013 32nd 42nd 5th 15th 7th 9th 20th
2014 13th 1st 10th 8th

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Belgian Sportsman of the year: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • National Trophy for sporting merit: 2009
  • Velo d'Or: 2011
  • Crystal Bicycle: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Flandrien Award: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • AIJC trophy: 2009

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Philippe Gilbert – About Phil". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Philippe Gilbert profile". 
  4. ^ a b "Philippe Gilbert signs for BMC". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 19 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Belgium's Philippe Gilbert blasts to men's road race victory on the Cauberg". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). 23 September 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Atkins, Ben (25 April 2011). "Philippe Gilbert’s Ardennes triple lifts him to World number one spot". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "UCI presents Philippe Gilbert with 2011 WorldTour trophy at Peace and Sport International Forum". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 29 October 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gilbert denies allegations of Cortisone abuse". CyclingNews (Future Publishing Ltd.). 16 March 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Gilbert moves to The Rock
  10. ^ Philippe Gilbert becomes a father
  11. ^ "Philippe Gilbert, papa pour la seconde fois: Alexandre est né ce vendredi" [Philippe Gilbert, a father for the second time: Alexandre was born on Friday]. LaProvince (in French) (Copiepresse). 17 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Gilbert's brother to ride Liege-Bastogne-Liege". Special Broadcasting Service. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  13. ^ 61st Omloop Het Volk – 1.HC. Autobus.cyclingnews.com (2006-02-25). Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
  14. ^ Gilbert undergoes skin cancer surgery. Autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
  15. ^ Hood, Andrew (30 May 2009). "Philippe Gilbert wins 2009 Giro d'Italia stage 20; Denis Menchov holds lead". Velonews.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  16. ^ vrt (19 October 2010). "Philippe Gilbert is 'Flandrien of the year'". flandersnews.be. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Amstel Gold Race 2010: Philippe Gilbert ends 16-year wait for Belgian win on the Cauberg". The Daily Telegraph (UK: Telegraph Media Group). 18 April 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  18. ^ Farrand, Stephen (16 October 2010). "Gilbert repeat victor of Giro di Lombardia". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  19. ^ MacLeary, John (24 April 2011). "Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2011: Philippe Gilbert triumphs in Belgium to complete historic Ardennes classics hat-trick". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  20. ^ Haake, Bjorn (26 June 2011). "Philippe Gilbert takes his first Belgian road title with solo move". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Fotheringham, William (2 July 2011). "Philippe Gilbert clinches stage one victory". Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  22. ^ Pasquale Stalter (9 September 2009). "Gilbert wins Quebec City Grand Prix, Gesink Second". Miroir du Cyclisme. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  23. ^ Ben Atkins (12 September 2011). "Philippe Gilbert extends WorldTour lead after Montréal third place". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  24. ^ Barry Ryan (15 October 2011). "Gilbert comes up short at Giro di Lombardia". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  25. ^ Ben Atkins (12 September 2011). "Philippe Gilbert presented with 2011 WorldTour trophy by Pat McQuaid". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  26. ^ a b c "Gilbert says other teams responsible for his lack of victories in 2012". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "BMC racing team's Gilbert third at La Flèche Wallonne". BMC. BMC 2012. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  28. ^ Brecht Decaluwé (15 April 2012). "Amstel Gold Race marks return to form for Gilbert". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Vandewalle claims Belgian time trial title". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "Gilbert pakt eerste seizoenszege in Vuelta" [Gilbert takes first season win in Vuelta]. Sporza (in Dutch) (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie). 26 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "Gilbert slaat opnieuw toe in de Vuelta" [Gilbert strikes again in the Vuelta]. Sporza (in Dutch) (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie). Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  32. ^ "Philippe Gilbert of Belgium wins men's road race at cycling World Championships". CTN News (Bell Media). Associated Press. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  33. ^ Wood, Donald (30 August 2013). "Vuelta a Espana 2013 Results: Stage 7 Standings, Highlights and Recap". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
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  35. ^ "Blythe claims London-Surrey Classic". cyclingnews.com. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  36. ^ Benson, Daniel (17 August 2014). "Wellens wins the Eneco Tour". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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