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Philippe Gilbert, a former Belgian national time trial champion, finished 34th. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert, a former Belgian national time trial champion, finished 34th. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Paris-Nice, Prologue: Gilbert Nine Seconds Back

3. March 2013

BMC Racing Team world road champion Philippe Gilbert finished a team-best 34th place, nine seconds off the winning time in Sunday's prologue at Paris-Nice.

Ready To Help Van Garderen
Gilbert said he was expecting a better time on the flat, 2.9-kilometer course that featured 10 turns. "It was a nice course for me but I was safe in the corners," he said. "I was actually expecting more from myself." Gilbert said he will now turn his attention to helping teammate Tejay van Garderen, who finished fifth at Paris-Nice last year and was the best young rider. Van Garderen finished 59th, 11 seconds behind stage winner Damien Gaudin (Team Europcar). "Most important will be to protect Tejay from the wind in the next days and bring him to the bottom of the long climbs in the best position," Gilbert said. Van Garderen said he too had hoped for a better time. "Prologues are a funny thing," he said. "Sometimes you have a good one, sometimes you have a bad one. I'm glad it wasn't a complete disaster, but I would have liked to have done better. There's a long ways until we get to Nice and this is a handful of seconds. Some big time will be lost in the up coming stages."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Gilbert and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.