Philippe Gilbert picks his three favourite kilometres from his career

The former world champ takes a moment of reflection after realising he’d surpassed 500,000km in his riding career

Philippe Gilbert Picks His Three Favourite Kilometres From His Career

23 September 2012 Road World Championships (Limburg, THE NETHERLANDS) Men Elite 1st : GILBERT Philippe (BEL) BMC Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Professional bike riders cover a lot of kilometres. Obviously. But how many take a moment to reflect on those specific kilometres that have defined their career?

>>> Boonen: Four leaders is too many for Belgium at World Championships1

Well Philippe Gilbert has, and after the Belgian rider realised he d covered a whopping half a million of them in his 12-year career, he picked out three of his favourites on Twitter. There s no surprises really though, with all them being the final kilometre at races before he crossed the line in victory.

Just counting approximately the kilometres I have since I started riding my bike to now. The result is over the 500.000km!

PHILIPPE GILBERT (@PhilippeGilbert) September 16, 20152

But anyway, here is the official countdown of Philippe Gilbert favourite three kilometres EVER:

1. UCI Road World Championships 2012, Valkenburg

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Not exactly unexpected this one, being arguably Phil s greatest triumph3. In case you didn t know, he s pretty good on the climb of the Cauberg that featured in the finale of that year s world champs road race, having won Amstel Gold Race three times4.

The final kilometre (and Gilbert s favourite) comes after the Cauberg, though he doesn t seem to be enjoying quite as much at the time as he digs deep after 268km to hold off the peloton and take the rainbow jersey.

My favourite kilometre was 1 the last one of the worlds in Valkenburg 2 the last one of Liege 2011

PHILIPPE GILBERT (@PhilippeGilbert) September 16, 20155

2. Li ge-Bastogne-Li ge, 2011

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Not just one, but two. That s the number of Schlecks Gilbert had to hold off in the closing kilometre of Li ge in 20116. No wonder its a favourite. Really, the now BMC man, riding then for Omega Pharma Lotto, should hold off both Andy and Frank in a sprint finish but its his only Li ge victory to date, so no surprise it sits in the top three.

3. Trofeo Mallorca, 2008, Palma

3 the last one of stage one of the tropheo Majorca 2008. http://t.co/NeH7PXKsuc7

PHILIPPE GILBERT (@PhilippeGilbert) September 16, 20158

And in at three this one. Remember that? No, me neither. But watching it back you can see why Phil enjoys it.

On what looked to be a sprinter s day at the Trofeo Mallorca, he makes a jump off the front which would more often than not, come to nothing. But Gilbert holds on, and took the win in the early season race on the Spanish island, which quite unbelievably, doesn t make it into the Major wins category on Wikipedia9. Sorry Phil.

References

  1. ^ Boonen: Four leaders is too many for Belgium at World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ September 16, 2015 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Gilbert s devastating Cauberg attack nets him road race world title (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Amstel Gold Analysis: Gilbert masters the Cauberg (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ September 16, 2015 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Gilbert wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ http://t.co/NeH7PXKsuc (t.co)
  8. ^ September 16, 2015 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ on Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org)

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