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Philippe Gilbert won the world road title Sunday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert won the world road title Sunday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

New World Champion Debuts At Il Lombardia

26. September 2012

The BMC Racing Team's new world road champion, Philippe Gilbert, will debut his rainbow stripes Saturday at Il Lombardia.

Gilbert Twice A Winner
The final single-day race on the WorldTour calendar is one Gilbert has won twice, in 2009 and 2010. It travels 251 kilometers from Bergamo to Lecco and will feature the steep climb of the Muro di Sormano, which returns to the race after a 50-year absence. The two-kilometer ascent comes past the halfway point and features an average grade of 15.2 percent. Joining Gilbert on the BMC Racing Team roster are past world road champion Alessandro Ballan, U.S. national time trial bronze medalist Brent Bookwalter, Vuelta a España stage winner Steve Cummings, Tour of Austria runner-up Steve Morabito, past top 10 Il Lombardia finisher Mauro Santambrogio, Giro d'Italia finisher Ivan Santaromita and GP de Wallonie and GP de Québec runner-up, Greg Van Avermaet.

Click here to download the official race card (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.).

BMC Racing Team Il Lombardia Roster (Sept. 29):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Steve Cummings (GBR), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Steve Morabito (SUI), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Sport Director:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)

Chief Medical Officer:
Dr. Max Testa (ITA)

Chief Communications Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Bus Driver: Gianni Cedroni (ITA). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Peter De Bleecker (BEL). Soigneurs: Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA), Luca Vaiente (ITA), Freddy Viaene (BEL).