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Gilbert triumphs in Grand Prix de Wallonie

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Another uphill finish, another victory for Belgian champion

Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert attacked just prior to the 1km to go banner and soloed to victory.

Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert attacked just prior to the 1km to go banner and soloed to victory.

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Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) strutted his stuff yet again at the Grand Prix de Wallonie, using his power and speed to jump away on the uphill finish to the Namur Citadel.

The Belgian national champion was still feeling the effects of travelling back form Canada but was well-placed as the road snaked up through the bastion walls. He attacked with more than a kilometre to go and distanced the rest of the field with a gradual but insistent effort. Julien Simon (Saur – Sojasun) hung on to take second place at two seconds, with Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) bringing home the rest of the peloton.

“It was a very, very fast race but I felt good,” Gilbert said on television immediately after his win. “The team worked really well in the finale and so I started the climb to the Citadel in a good position. We rode steady but then Rabobank upped the pace, making it perfect for me to launch an attack. I got a gap and kept going.”

The Grand Prix de Wallonie was Gilbert’s last race before the world championships in Copenhagen on Sunday September 25. The Danish course is not especially testing but Gilbert warned that other factors could shape the race.

“I’ve been watching the weather and it’s been raining every day and been cold. It’ll be a hard race,” he predicted.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 5:00:08  
2 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:02  
3 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
5 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
6 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack    
7 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
8 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
9 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek    
10 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
11 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
12 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
13 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ    
14 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
15 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
16 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Belgium    
17 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard    
18 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:08  
19 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
20 Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek    
21 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
22 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:00:11  
23 Yann Offredo (Fra) FDJ    
24 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
25 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:14  
26 David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
27 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
28 Reinien Honning (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
29 Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
30 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
31 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
32 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
33 Niels Vandyck (Bel) Belgium    
34 Yannick Martinez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Dirk Bellemarkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
36 Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek    
37 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
38 Sean De Bie (Bel) BEL    
39 Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
40 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
41 Jeremie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
42 Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
43 Kevin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
44 Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
45 Kasper Klostergaerd (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
46 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
47 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
48 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
49 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShack    
50 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
51 Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
52 Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:23  
53 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
54 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:00:34  
55 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:36  
56 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
57 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
58 Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon    
59 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
60 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
61 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:40  
62 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
63 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar    
64 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
65 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:43  
66 Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Belgium 0:00:46  
67 Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:48  
68 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
69 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:54  
70 Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Katusha Team    
71 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:00  
72 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
73 Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
74 Rudy Rouet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
75 Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
76 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
77 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
78 Remi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ    
79 Kristof Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
80 Tom Dernies (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon 0:01:05  
81 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
82 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:13  
83 Macello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
84 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:16  
85 Jaco Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
86 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha Team    
87 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
88 Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:20  
89 Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ 0:01:22  
90 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:24  
91 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:38  
92 David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:44  
93 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:02:07  
94 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team 0:02:09  
95 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
96 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack 0:02:12  
97 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack    
98 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
99 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha Team    
100 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:16  
101 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
102 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
103 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:21  
104 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
105 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
106 Frederic Guesdon (Fra) FDJ 0:02:23  
107 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ    
108 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:02:29  
109 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:56  
110 Sebastien Hadeo Wens AGR19830418 Saxo Bank Sungard 0:03:14  
111 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard    
112 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:03:29  
113 Gil Suray (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon 0:04:33  
114 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
115 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
116 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
117 Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team    
118 Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team    
119 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
120 Floris Smeyers (Bel) Belgium    
121 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
122 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
123 Sebastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
124 Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek    
125 Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon    
126 Jempy Drucker (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
127 Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek    
128 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
129 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
130 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
131 Arnaud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:04:42  
132 Florent Serry (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon 0:05:54  
133 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:06:31  
134 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
135 Kevin Thome (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon 0:06:41  
136 Hophra Gerard (Bel) Belgium    
137 Yann Moritz (Fra) Team Europcar 0:09:08  
138 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
139 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
140 Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team    
141 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
142 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:09:46  
143 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:09  
144 Ron Margaliot (Isr) Saxo Bank Sungard    
145 Chritophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
146 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:12:39  
147 Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon 0:12:44  
HD Julien Dechesne (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon    
DNF Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Olivier Pardini (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
DNF Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Jonathan De Witte (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
DNF Kevin De Jonghe (Bel) Belgium    
DNF Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Sam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack    
DNF Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Andy Capelle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek    
DNF Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
DNF Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack    
DNF Georges Bennett (NZl) Team RadioShack    
DNF Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack    
DNS Steve Dekaert (Bel) Belgium    
DNS Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne