Wednesday, February 16, 2011

allez Gilbert!

I love how this dude races.

Philippe Gilbert is easily on my top five list of favorite riders. I love how his cycling spidey sense allows him to continually pull victory out of seemingly suicide late-game moves.

Case in point:

Today, stage one of the Volta ao Algarve. According to, "Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) won the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve with a perfectly-timed attack in the final kilometre."

The results tell it all:

1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 4:36:36
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:05
3 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
5 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
6 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad
8 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack
9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
10 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

Look who finished second, third, fourth, and sixth. All of those dudes are BA sprinters...and Gilbert steals a victory out from under their noses.

That's how I want to win races, man. That's how I want to win races...

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