Gilbert triumphs in Grand Prix de Wallonie

Another uphill finish, another victory for Belgian champion

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) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto5:00:08 
2Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:02 
3Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
4Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
5Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
6Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack  
7Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
8Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
9Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
10Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
11Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
12Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
14Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
16Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Belgium  
17Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard  
18Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:08 
19Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
20Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
21Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
22Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:00:11 
23Yann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
24Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
25Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:14 
26David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
27Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
28Reinien Honning (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
29Nicolas Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
31Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
32Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
33Niels Vandyck (Bel) Belgium  
34Yannick Martinez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Dirk Bellemarkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
36Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek  
37Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
38Sean De Bie (Bel) BEL  
39Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
40Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
41Jeremie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
42Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
43Kevin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
44Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
45Kasper Klostergaerd (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
46Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
47Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
48Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
49Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShack  
50Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
51Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
52Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:23 
53Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
54Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:00:34 
55Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:36 
56Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
57Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
58Boris Dron (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon  
59Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
60Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
61Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:40 
62Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
63Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar  
64Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
65Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:43 
66Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Belgium0:00:46 
67Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:48 
68Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
69Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:54 
70Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Katusha Team  
71Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:00 
72Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
73Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
74Rudy Rouet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
75Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
76Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
77Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
78Remi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
79Kristof Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
80Tom Dernies (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon0:01:05 
81Gilles Devillers (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
82Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:13 
83Macello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
84Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:16 
85Jaco Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
86Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha Team  
87Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
88Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:20 
89Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:01:22 
90Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:24 
91Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:38 
92David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:44 
93Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team0:02:07 
94Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team0:02:09 
95Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
96Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:02:12 
97Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack  
98Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
99Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha Team  
100Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:16 
101Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
102Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
103Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:21 
104Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
105Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
106Frederic Guesdon (Fra) FDJ0:02:23 
107Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ  
108Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:02:29 
109Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:56 
110Sebastien Hadeo Wens AGR19830418 Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:14 
111Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
112Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:03:29 
113Gil Suray (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon0:04:33 
114Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
115Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
116Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
117Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team  
118Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
119Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
120Floris Smeyers (Bel) Belgium  
121Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
122Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
123Sebastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
124Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
125Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon  
126Jempy Drucker (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
127Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek  
128Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
129Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
130Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
131Arnaud Van Groen (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:04:42 
132Florent Serry (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon0:05:54 
133Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:06:31 
134Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
135Kevin Thome (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon0:06:41 
136Hophra Gerard (Bel) Belgium  
137Yann Moritz (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:08 
138Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
139Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
140Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
141Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team  
142Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:09:46 
143Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:09 
144Ron Margaliot (Isr) Saxo Bank Sungard  
145Chritophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
146Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:12:39 
147Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon0:12:44 
HDJulien Dechesne (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon  
DNFGraeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFOlivier Pardini (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
DNFFrederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFJonathan De Witte (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
DNFKevin De Jonghe (Bel) Belgium  
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFSam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack  
DNFAndreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNFFrancesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNFAndy Capelle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
DNFTobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Skil - Shimano  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNFBryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRenaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
DNFGeorges Bennett (NZl) Team RadioShack  
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack  
DNSSteve Dekaert (Bel) Belgium  
DNSKalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  

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