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Gallery: Gilbert stars in Red Bull Velodux

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Philippe Gilbert teamed up with BMC teammate Danilo Wyss

Philippe Gilbert teamed up with BMC teammate Danilo Wyss
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Marcel Wildhaber races for second

Marcel Wildhaber races for second
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BMC's Lukas Fluckiger

BMC's Lukas Fluckiger
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Up and coming Swiss mountain biker Mathias Flückiger

Up and coming Swiss mountain biker Mathias Flückiger
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Marco Fontana was one of several professionals taking part

Marco Fontana was one of several professionals taking part
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The narrow uneaven steps provided another difficult challenge

The narrow uneaven steps provided another difficult challenge
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Italian cyclo cross champion Marco Fontana

Italian cyclo cross champion Marco Fontana
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Riding through the mud

Riding through the mud
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The course was a tricky and technical one

The course was a tricky and technical one
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The urban ride took the competitors through all sorts of terrain

The urban ride took the competitors through all sorts of terrain
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Patrick Seabase

Patrick Seabase
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Swiss mountain biker Rene Wildhaber

Swiss mountain biker Rene Wildhaber
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Patrick Seabase

Patrick Seabase
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Cobbles provided another factor for the competitors

Cobbles provided another factor for the competitors
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The fans got views from all angles

The fans got views from all angles
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Current mountain bike world champion Julian Absalon shows his skills

Current mountain bike world champion Julian Absalon shows his skills
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Women's winners Katrin Leumann and Jolanda Neff

Women's winners Katrin Leumann and Jolanda Neff
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The top three men with winners Lars Forster and Michi Wilhaber

The top three men with winners Lars Forster and Michi Wilhaber
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Lars Forster

Lars Forster
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Michi Wilhaber

Michi Wilhaber
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Andri Frischknecht

Andri Frischknecht
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How to feel like a pro, one of the riders is chased by a fan

How to feel like a pro, one of the riders is chased by a fan
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Marco Fontana

Marco Fontana
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The view from above

The view from above
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One of the riders makes his way through the mud

One of the riders makes his way through the mud
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has been enjoying his off season by taking part in the inaugural Red Bull Velodux. The urban cyclo-cross relay race pitted the likes of the 2012 road world champion and reigning cross country champion Julien Absalon against the cream of Swiss cyclo-cross. The hour-long race took place on the streets of Estavayer-Le-Lac in Switzerland and took the riders over cobbles, stairs, jumps, a wall ride and, of course mud.

Gilbert partnered up with his BMC teammate Danilo Wyss, finishing 15th and a lap down on the winners. "It was a very technical course. Very demanding, not just physically. It was not an easy race,” Gilbert told Sporza afterwards. "Cyclo-cross is an old passion of mine. Normally at the team we don’t participate in such competitions, but this was an exception. I noticed that I no longer had the technique in the legs. With the specialists that were here, I am but small beer, but it was fun."

The event was won by Swiss under23 cyclo cross champion Lars Forster, who rode with mountain biker Michi Wildhaber. They were followed home 46 seconds later by Marcel Wildhaber and Andri Frischknecht with Julien Absalon rounding out the top three with his teammate Ralf Näf.

"The mix of traditional cyclo cross sections and unusual passages was fun, but the legs will probably hurt a little more tomorrow than they do for a normal cross-country race," said Absalon.

Katrin Leumann and Jolanda Neff won the women’s competition.

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