Philippe Gilbert still hungry for more success after 4 Jours de Dunkerque overall win, but: 'First I will get married'
Philippe Gilbert is planning to get married at the end of May to his partner, Bettina, before he returns his focus to winning races in the final season of his career. Last Thursday, the Belgian riders ended a 966-day drought without a win on the third stage of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque to Mont-Saint-Éloi. He narrowly missed out on winning the fifth stage of the race, too, finishing fourth, behind Gianni Vermeersch (Alpecin-Fenix), Oliver Naesen (AG2R Citroën Team) and Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ).
Philippe Gilbert showed that although he intends to retire at the end of the season, he still has the ability to win. The 39-year-old, who has victories in all the Monuments save Milan-San Remo, handily won the uphill bunch sprint on stage 3 of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque and moved himself into contention for the overall.
Phiilippe Gilbert crossed the finish line first at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque third stage today (Thursday) to end a 966-day period without a win. Attacking with 500m remaining of the 170.1km third stage ride from Péronne to Mont-Saint-Éloi, Gilbert managed to hold on to the lead and secure his first victory in nearly three years.
Tweets of the week: Philippe Gilbert saddles up for his last Roubaix, Trek-Segafredo get very excited about Longo Borghini, and Dan Martin is retired
It feels such a shame that we have to wait until next year for another edition of either Paris-Roubaix Femmes or Hommes. We were spoiled by having two weekends in hell so close to each other thanks to the pandemic, and now we will have to be patient for a whole year until the race comes round again.
Philippe Gilbert lines up for his final appearance at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday and acknowledged that he is unlikely to equal Jan Raas’ record of five victories in the event. The Lotto Soudal (opens in new tab)rider was limited by illness earlier in the spring, although he recorded...
Philippe Gilbert has laid out his spring schedule for 2022, what will be his last season in the pro peloton. The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix winner will not take on either race this year, instead focusing on the Ardennes Classics. The 39-year-old, who reaches the end of his three-year...
Philippe Gilbert has said he is targeting "a good result in a big race" in his last season as a professional cyclist, but won't look for easy wins. The former world champion will hang up his wheels after twenty years in the peloton, during which time he's won four out of the five monuments, only the sixth man in history to do achieve an almost clean sweep.
'In my own country, I'm not part of the team': Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet not selected for home World Championships
Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert have spoken about their disappointment of missing the selection on the Belgian team for a home World Championships. The World Road Championships are due to take place in late September in Van Avermaet's home region of Flanders, however, the 36-year-old has been missing his usual combative form and hasn't made the cut.