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World road champion Philippe Gilbert finished runner-up last week on Stage 7 at the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
World road champion Philippe Gilbert finished runner-up last week on Stage 7 at the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Announces GP de Wallonie Roster

4. September 2013

World road champion Philippe Gilbert headlines the BMC Racing Team roster for the GP de Wallonie, a race that takes place his home region on Sept. 18.

Enjoys Uphill Climb
Gilbert said with a strong team around him, he hopes to add to success he has already experienced in the race that finishes with the 2.8-kilometer ascent of the Citadelle de Namur. "I like this race, it is one I know well and I always have many supporters and family there," he said. "I have won it twice (2006, 2011) and finished second another time (2004) when I was caught in the final 50 meters. So I think if we can control the race until the climb, then it's a good finish for me. It's a climb you can take in the big chainring. That's what I like most." Among those teaming with Gilbert in the 203.1-kilometer race are USA Pro Challenge runner-up Mathias Frank, Swiss national road champion Michael Schär and Greg Van Avermaet, winner of the Tour de Wallonie in July. Gilbert, who is currently competing in the Vuelta a España, said he is nearly back to top form after a crash and deep cut to his knee knocked him out of the Eneco Tour of Benelux about three weeks ago. "I am feeling good so we will see what I can do the rest of the Vuelta," he said. "I think there are one or two stages with finishes which suit me."

BMC Racing Team GP de Wallonie Roster (Sept. 18):
Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Mathias Frank (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Jakub Novak (CZE), Michael Schär (SUI), Julien Taramarcaz (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Larry Warbasse (USA).