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Gilbert finishes May on a high with win in Gullegem

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Gilbert and Chicchi shake hands after the race.

Gilbert and Chicchi shake hands after the race.
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Gilbert pre-empted the sprint and won by a half a dozen bike lengths.

Gilbert pre-empted the sprint and won by a half a dozen bike lengths.
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Too easy for the Belgian as he caps off a great May.

Too easy for the Belgian as he caps off a great May.
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The podium; Francesco Chicchi, Philippe Gilbert, Aidis Kruopis

The podium; Francesco Chicchi, Philippe Gilbert, Aidis Kruopis
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Phillipe Gilbert takes victory number 10 for season 2011.

Phillipe Gilbert takes victory number 10 for season 2011.
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After a moment of silence to honour Wouter Weylandt, who won this race in 2009 and 2010, the peloton got on its way in Gullegem Koerse. An early breakaway of 11 riders including Andy Cappelle dominated the race.

The 11 escapees were caught by the first part of the peloton in the final kilometres of the race. After Boucher and De Haes' attempts to surprise the bunch didn`t succeed, the race seemed destined to end in a group sprint. Philippe Gilbert disturbed that plan however with a last gasp attack in the final kilometre. The Belgian kept the rest of the group behind him and won the race. Francesco Chicchi won the sprint for second.

Brief Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma – Lotto3:48:32
2Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick.Step0:00:01
3Aidis Kruopis (Lit) Landbouwkrediet
4Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post – Sean Kelly
5Adam Blythe (Gbr) Omega Pharma – Lotto

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