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Gilbert wants sole leadership for world championships defence

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 4, 2013, 03:17,
Updated:
September 4, 2013, 04:17
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Race:
UCI Road World Championships
Philippe Gilbert (BMC), running out of time to win something - anything - during his time in the rainbow jersey.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC), running out of time to win something - anything - during his time in the rainbow jersey.

  • Philippe Gilbert (BMC), running out of time to win something - anything - during his time in the rainbow jersey.
  • World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is building towards his title defence in Florence.
  • Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) narrowly defeated Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
  • Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is drawing to the end of his time as world champion.

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Bomans in Spain to discuss form and Florence course

Defending Road World Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is yet to win a race in 2013, but the Belgian says that he won't be riding for anyone else come September 29.

In an interview with Cycling.be, Gilbert said: "I certainly do not want to work for someone else… It's such a nice course I want to try it for myself."

Gilbert is currently working on building his form at the Vuelta a Espana and he will be bet this week by national coach Carlos Bomans to discuss his thoughts on the world championship course.

Earlier this week, Gilbert earned his ninth podium for the season finishing runner-up to Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) on Stage 7. Asked by Nieuwsblad if Gilbert's current form was enough to earn him the title of leader of the Belgian team, Bomans would not say.

"He is getting better," he admitted. "In difficult circumstances. With that knee injury, racing the Vuelta is not easy. "

Gilbert was forced out of the Eneco Tour late last month following a crash which left the 31-year-old with stitches in his left knee.

Gilbert's lead in to his world championship victory in 2012 was also light-on in terms of results, winning two stages of the Vuelta before his victory on the Valkenburg circuit. He said there is no reason to think that this year is any different.

"Three weeks in Spain will give me freshness that will come in handy at the world championships," he said.

Belgium has qualified for seven riders in the men's road race.
 

Azerjaboomafar More than 1 year ago
"I certainly do not want to work for someone else… It's such a nice course I want to try it for myself." I am hoping this is a slight translation error... real team player. I think best case he deserves shared leadership. If sagan continues on his streak I am not sure it will matter
iloveyouido More than 1 year ago
Van Avermaet should get his own chance. Gilbert has shown absolutely nothing to demand a sole leadership role.
ailsab More than 1 year ago
Agree, Van Avermaet has had a good season and is in form now. Gilbert has cruised and doesn't deserve sole leadership although I am a fan. I think the former has out classed him this year.
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
Do not rule out Bakelandts.
FabiquesAnquetillara More than 1 year ago
I am afraid his results from 2013 do not justify asking for so much. season is coming to the end and if he does not get "big one" at worlds or Lombardy, he will be left emptyhanded totally. I really really like PG, but something has changed about him. Before he was real fighter, closing the gaps, never let go, attacking. not any more so much. Mil-SanRemo 2013 (he was in good position before Poggio - but he was left there alone - old PG would go and go a try to close the gap to leading group - 2013 PG waited for group behind him) similar at Harelbeke L-B-L - in finale everytime he got to the front he started looking back and get away from 1st position asap - old PG would just go, go and attack, attack. this waiting kind of racing does nothing for him. I cant say if it is legs or head, but something is not quite the same like 09,10,11...
SourKraut More than 1 year ago
It being a nice course is a compelling reason to put it on the line for him. What with other teammates riding a less nice course that day.
durgadas More than 1 year ago
BMC, where good riders go to become complacent.