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Philippe Gilbert said he hopes to hang onto the rainbow stripes of world road champion another year. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert said he hopes to hang onto the rainbow stripes of world road champion another year. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Gilbert Extends Contract With BMC Racing Team

9. July 2013

World road champion Philippe Gilbert has extended his contract with the BMC Racing Team, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced at the Tour de France Tuesday.

Aiming For Another World Title
"We are pleased to announce that Philippe has extended his contract through the 2016 season," Ochowicz said. "After the Tour de France, he will focus on the one day ProTour races and his defense of his world championship title. Our future years together offer many opportunities to capture victories in his favorite races." Gilbert, who has a pair of runner-up finishes among 14 top 10 placings this season, said he still has several goals in mind. "Most important are the classics," he said. "I have a really strong team for this, so I will focus in the future on them. I think the one-day races are my specialty." Gilbert said he hopes to become the first repeat winner of the world road title since Paolo Bettini in 2006 and 2007. "For sure it's a big goal," he said. "I'm already starting to think about this. My ambition is to finish this Tour with good condition and then go to the Vuelta and come better again."

Listen to complete comments from Gilbert on the BMC Racing Team Tour de France Audio Line.