Philippe Gilbert of Team Française des Jeux won a derny criterium in Wilrijk, Belgium, on Monday. He beat Belgian Champion Jurgen Roelandts of Silence-Lotto and Sven Renders of Topsport-Vlaanderen in the motor-paced race.
Gilbert, 26, turned pro with Française des Jeux in 2003. He has been successful this season, starting out with the King of the Mountains title in the Tour Down Under and the overall win in the Vuelta a Mallorca, where he won two stages. The Belgian then went on to win Omloop Het Volk and Le Samyn.
It was announced in June that he would change teams and ride for Silence-Lotto in 2009. He plans to concentrate on the Spring Classics and the Giro d'Italia, and skip the Tour de France in 2009. (SW)
(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)