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Gilbert angry at blunder

Philippe Gilbert (La Francaise des Jeux)

Philippe Gilbert (La Francaise des Jeux) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Belgian Philippe Gilbert, winner of the second stage of the Tour of Med and nearly winner of the GP La Marseillaise a week and a half ago, has sent a letter to the UCI expressing his frustration at being sent the wrong way in La Marseillaise. Gilbert was in the lead with Wim Van Huffel when the pair was misdirected with 4 km to go, losing their likely winning 44 second margin and having to finish with the bunch.

"I haven't spoken about any scandal," said Gilbert in L'Equipe. "But last week I sent a letter to the UCI to say that it is below everything. I don't expect a sanction, no. But if you train 5,000 km in winter in the snow and the wind, then it is unacceptable that a win is stolen like that. They must understand that."

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