Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix
Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix 2019
Gilbert powers to his fourth Monument Classic: Paris-Roubaix
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04/15/2019

Former Road World Champion Philippe Gilbert won Sunday’s 117th edition of Paris-Roubaix in great style on a cold, sunny day in northern France.

Winning Paris-Roubaix means the Belgian now has career victories at four of the five Monument races: the Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia. It’s just Milan-Sanremo that eludes him, with two second places there so far. Only three riders in history have won all five.

Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix 2019

Gilbert’s performance at the Hell of the North was faultless, and the tough course took its toll, with punctures, mechanicals and crashes throughout its 257km. The 36-year-old stayed out of trouble and hit the front in a small group of quality riders that became five, attacking on sector 6 (the 23rd of 29 short cobbles sections), Bourghelles to Wannehain, at around 23km to the finish line.

Philippe GIlbert wins Paris-Roubaix 2019

After repeated attacks the group ultimately became two – Gilbert and the German Nils Politt – with 15km to go, pacing each other before entering the iconic Roubaix outdoor velodrome where the day’s frenetic pace changed: Gilbert (Infinito R1) was always in control of a cat-and-mouse track game, springing from behind Politt to sprint to a 13” victory, arms aloft after six hours of bruising racing.

Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix 2019

“I knew I was in good form, I could feel it last week. I think I did a great race today. I still have this dream to win all five Monuments and I’m getting closer,” said a dusty and elated Gilbert straight after the race.

Philippe Gilbert wins Paris-Roubaix 2019

“It was a bold option to come here and try to win Roubaix, many people said it didn’t fit me, so I had to train especially for this race to adapt my characteristics and transforming myself into a rouleur to win this race.”

Philippe GIlbert wins Paris-Roubaix 2019

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