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Gilbert to open Ghent Six Days with individual pursuit match

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Philippe Gilbert flies around the track

Philippe Gilbert flies around the track
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Jurgen Roelandts and Philippe Gilbert chat

Jurgen Roelandts and Philippe Gilbert chat
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Philippe Gilbert on the velodrome

Philippe Gilbert on the velodrome
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Philippe Gilbert on the track

Philippe Gilbert on the track
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Belgian Champion Philippe Gilbert waves to fans

Belgian Champion Philippe Gilbert waves to fans
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Philippe Gilbert is interviewed in Gent

Philippe Gilbert is interviewed in Gent
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Recently crowned road world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will kick off the 2012 edition of the Ghent Six Days with an individual pursuit contest, the race organisation announced today.

Gilbert will go head-to-head in a 3km individual pursuit against compatriot and fellow road professional Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) on the opening night, Tuesday, November 20. Gilbert took part in a similar race in 2011 in which he prevailed against Jurgen Roelandts.

"We can not dream better than a Belgian world champion to open our Six Days," said race organiser Patrick Sercu. "Philippe has already been able to enjoy the atmosphere here last year and it has clearly pleased him. Ghent gets to see for the first time the rainbow jersey in action on our soil - a perfect start for our 90th anniversary edition."

The 2012 Ghent Six Days takes place November 20-25 at the legendary Kuipke velodrome in Ghent, Belgium.