Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert

Gilbert at the 2015 Brabantse Pijl
Personal information
Full name Philippe Gilbert
Nickname Boar of the Ardennes[1]
Born (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982
Verviers, Liège, Belgium[2]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Weight 69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)[3]
Team information
Current team BMC Racing Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2009–2011 Silence–Lotto
2012– BMC Racing Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2011)
Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2009, 2015)
Vuelta a España
5 individual stages (2010, 2012, 2013)

Stage races

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

One-day races and Classics

UCI Road World Championships (2012)
National Road Race Championships (2011, 2016)
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)
Grand Prix de Fourmies (2006)
Giro del Piemonte (2009, 2010)
Brabantse Pijl (2011, 2014)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2006, 2008)
Paris–Tours (2008, 2009)
Strade Bianche (2011)


UCI World Tour (2011)
Velo d'Or (2011)
Infobox last updated on
13 February 2016

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 three stages at the Giro d'Italia, winning one in 2009 and two in 2015, 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. He is the second person (and first Belgian) in history to win all three Ardennes classics in a single year.

Personal life

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 has also been a racing cyclist.[12]

Gilbert committed to serve world peace through sport by joining Peace and Sport


Early years

Born in Remouchamps in the municipality of Aywaille, Gilbert turned professional in 2003 by joining 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

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 Grand Prix de Fourmies and Grand Prix de Wallonie as well as stages at Dauphiné Libére and ENECO Tour.

2007 season

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

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

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

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

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]

Gilbert was appointed as a member of the inaugural UCI Athletes' Commission in 2011.[27]

2012 season

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 Rodríguez who won atop the historic Mur de Huy with a slim margin of 4 seconds.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30]

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.[31] He later won a second stage of the race, winning stage nineteen on 7 September.[32]

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.[33]

2013 season

Gilbert wearing the Rainbow Jersey at the 2013 Tour of the Basque Country

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,[34] Gilbert finally clinched a victory in the rainbow stripes when he caught and passed Edvald Boasson Hagen to win stage 12.[35]

2014 season

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

2015 season

Gilbert finished third of the Brabantse Pijl, seconds after his teammate Ben Hermans.[36] At the Amstel Gold Race, Gilbert could not repeat his winning ways of 2014 and came in tenth after having attacked on the final climb of the day, the Cauberg.[37] On the next Wednesday, Gilbert crashed out of the La Flèche Wallonne.[38] He then took part in Liège–Bastogne–Liège even though he was slightly injured and held on to the main group until the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, where he was dropped and finished 36th.[39] He raked in his first victory of the season at the Giro d'Italia, besting the lead group on a sharp incline at the end of Stage 12.[40] He repeated on Stage 18, where he participated to the early break. After being dropped on the last climb of the day, he came back on the remnants of the breakaway after the descent and attacked them to win solo.[41]

2016 season

Gilbert took his first victory of the season in February at the one-day race Vuelta a Murcia, winning the sprint of a four-man group.[42] He won the Belgian national championship.

Career achievements

Major results

Tour de l'Avenir
1st Points classification
1st Stage 9
1st Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Stage 3 Tour Down Under
2nd Paris–Brussels
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 Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Omloop Het Volk
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Stage 2 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 7 Eneco Tour
2nd Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
2nd Trophée des Grimpeurs
2nd Le Samyn
2nd Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st Stage 1 Tour du Limousin
2nd Le Samyn
1st 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
1st 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
1st GP José Dubois
3rd Tour of Flanders
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th UCI World Road Race Championships
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 3 & 19
Held Red Jersey from Stages 3–7
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Giro del Piemonte
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
1st Overall UCI World Tour
1st National Road Race Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 3
1st 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 Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Stage 1 Tour de France
Held Yellow Jersey for Stage 1
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
9th Overall Tirreno-Adriatico
1st Stage 5
UCI World Road Championships
1st Road race
2nd Team time trial
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 9 & 19
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
6th Amstel Gold Race
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
9th UCI World Road Race Championships
10th Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Prologue (ITT) & Stage 3
1st Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Stage 2
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Mountains classification Tour de Picardie
3rd Classic Sud-Ardèche
4th Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Points classification
4th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
6th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
7th UCI World Road Race Championships
7th Overall Eneco Tour
7th Giro di Lombardia
8th Roma Maxima
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
9th La Drôme Classic
10th La Flèche Wallonne
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 12 & 18
1st Grand Prix Pino Cerami
2nd Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Points classification
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Brabantse Pijl
4th Overall Eneco Tour
7th Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 3
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
8th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
8th Overall Dubai Tour
9th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
10th World Road Race Championships
10th Amstel Gold Race
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Vuelta a Murcia
1st GP José Dubois
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
6th Overall Dubai Tour
6th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Overall Arctic Race of Norway
6th Gran Piemonte

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 32 WD 97 39
Yellow jersey Tour 70 110 WD 112 38 46 62
red jersey Vuelta 69 WD 54 50 59 WD 45 WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Classics results

This table shows Gilbert's results in the great classics and the World Road Race Championships.

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 DNF
2013 32nd 42nd 5th 15th 7th 9th 20th
2014 13th 1st 10th 8th 7th
2015 55th 10th DNF 36th 2nd 10th
2016 81st 91st

Awards and honors


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  9. Gilbert moves to The Rock
  10. Philippe Gilbert becomes a father
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  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. (2006-02-25). Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
  14. Gilbert undergoes skin cancer surgery. Retrieved on 2011-12-23.
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  30. "Vandewalle claims Belgian time trial title". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
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  33. "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.
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  38. "Valverde wins La Fleche Wallonne 2015". Future plc. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  39. "Injured Gilbert fades in Liège-Bastogne-Liège finale". Future plc. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
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  41. Colin Henrys (28 May 2015). "Giro d'Italia 2015: Philippe Gilbert wins stage 18 as Alberto Contador gains more time". Road Cycling UK. MPORA. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  42. "Philippe Gilbert wins Vuelta a Murcia". Immediate Media Company. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.

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