Philippe GILBERT

Philippe Gilbert is a Belgian cyclist rider born on July 5, 1982 in Verviers. After allowing you to know everything about the Lotto Soudal cycling team, it's time to take a closer look at its main riders. So, on this occasion, we offer you a focus on Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert.  

Philippe Gilbert is a Belgian cyclist rider born on July 5, 1982 in Verviers.
After allowing you to know everything about the Lotto Soudal cycling team, it's time to take a closer look at its main riders. So, on this occasion, we offer you a focus on Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert.

Who is Philippe Gilbert?

Philippe Gilbert is a puncheur, a specialist in the Ardennes and Flanders classics, but he describes himself above all as a versatile rider.

In 1999, in his first year as a junior, he won 12 races. The following year, he won 19 during the season.
In 2001, in the Espoirs category, he won 6 races. In 2012, he won 12 and became the runner-up in the Belgian Espoirs category.

Philippe Gilbert's professional career

In 2003, Philippe Gilbert turned professional with Fdjeux.com and won his first professional race by winning a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir.
In 2005, he won the overall classification of the Coupe de France.
In 2008, for his last race with the French team, he won Paris-Tours.

In 2009, for his debut with the Silence-Lotto team, he won his first stage in a grand tour during the Giro d'Italia. At the end of the season, he won four races in ten days, including the Tour of Lombardy and Paris-Tours once again.

In 2010, he won his first Ardennes classic with the Amstel Gold Race in the colors of Omega Pharma-Lotto. During the summer, he won two stages in the Tour of Spain, which allowed him to wear the red leader's jersey for five days. He won the Giro di Lombardia again at the end of the season.

During the 2011 season, nothing resists the Belgian rider: he starts his season by winning the Strade Bianche as well as a stage of Tirreno-Adriatico and the Brabant Arrow.
Then he managed the feat of winning all three Ardennes classics in the same season: the Amstel Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
At the national championships, he did the double: he became Belgian Road and Time Trial Champion, before winning his first stage in the Tour de France, which earned him the yellow jersey for a day.
Bolstered by his 23 victories, he ended that 2011 season in first place in the UCI World Ranking.

In 2012, he joined the BMC Racing team. He won two stage victories in the Tour of Spain before becoming World Road Champion.
In 2013, his season ended with a single victory in the Tour of Spain.
In 2014, he won the Flèche Brabançonne for the second time before winning the Amstel Gold Race for the third time.
In 2015, he won two stage victories in the Tour of Italy as well as the Prix de la Combativité.
In 2016, he became the Belgian Road Champion for the second time before announcing his departure for the QuickStep-Floors team the following season.

In 2017, under his new colors, he won the Tour of Flanders for the first time and completed the quadruple in the Amstel Gold Race.
In 2019, at age 34, he won Paris-Roubaix for the first time in his career, before taking two more victories in the Vuelta Espana.

In 2020, Philippe Gilbert joins the Lotto-Soudal team for three seasons. His goal is to win the only Monument missing from his prize list to date: Milan-San Remo.

The team's goal is to win the only Monument missing from its prize list to date: Milan-San Remo.

The team's goal is to win the only Monument missing from its prize list to date: Milan-San Remo

Currently, he is the only rider of the 21st century to have won four of the five Monuments: the only one missing from his record is Milan-San Remo to definitely enter the legend.

His professional road race record

Philippe Gilbert's record of achievements is very rich, since at the end of the 2020 season he has 96 victories to his credit. Below you can find his main road victories in the professional ranks.

World Road Champion in 2012
Belgian Road Champion (road race) in 2016 and 2011
Belgian Time Trial Champion in 2011

Tour de France:

  • 1 stage win (2011);
  • Yellow Jersey for 1 day in 2011.

Tour of Italy:

  • 3 stage wins (1 in 2009, 2 in 2015);
  • Combativity Award in 2015.

Tour of Spain:

  • 7 stage wins (2 in 2010, 2 in 2012, 1 in 2013, 2 in 2019);
  • Red Jersey for 5 days in 2010

Main stage races:

  • Tour de la Provence: 1 stage win (2019);
  • Tour de Suisse: 1 stage win (2017);
  • Tour de Pékin: 1 stage win (2014) and overall classification (2014);
  • Tirreno-Adriatico: 1 stage win (2011);
  • Eneco Tour: 2 stage wins (2011, 2006);
  • Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré: 1 stage win (2006) ;
  • Coupe de France: overall victory (2005);
  • Tour Down Under: 1 stage win (2005);
  • Tour de l'Avenir: 1 stage win (2003).

Main one-day races:

  • Paris-Roubaix (2019);
  • Tour of Flanders (2017);
  • Amstel Gold Race (2017, 2014, 2011, 2010);
  • Brabant Arrow (2014, 2011) ;
  • Strade Bianche (2011) ;
  • Flèche Wallonne (2011)
  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2011) ;
  • Clasica San Sebastian (2011);
  • Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (2011);
  • Tour of Lombardy (2010, 2009)
  • Paris-Tours (2009, 2008).

Now you know everything you need to know about Philippe Gilbert. How about doing the same with Caleb Ewan, Thomas De Gendt, John Degenkolb or Tim Wellens?

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