Philippe Gilbert once again demonstrated his exceptional domination of the tough one-day race scene with an impressive win in the GP Wallonie.
1300 metres from the finish on the climb up to the Citadel of Namur Philippe, wearing the colours of Belgian champion and riding his Canyon Aeroad, attacked and no other rider was able to respond. In the closing 250 metres the Belgian champion looked back several times in near disbelief to see that there was no trace of any of his rivals.
Gilbert therefore rolled along over the last few metres, celebrating his 24th win of the season. Two seconds down the Frenchman Julien Simon (Fdjeux) won the sprint of the pursuers just ahead of Belgian Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) and Bert de Waele (Landbouwkrediet).
Third placed Leukemans hit the nail on the head when he said that nobody else had a chance whenever Gilbert was riding.
By winning the 1st category GP Wallonie 29 year-old Gilbert has further increased his lead in the UCI World Ranking. Tour de France victor Cadel Evans is well behind Gilbert back in second place.