Vuelta a Espana: Gilbert steadily building for world championships

When it comes to betting on the UCI Road World Championships Road Race in September, one rider who already has worn the rainbow jersey, Belgium’s Phillipe Gilbert (Deceunink-QuickStep), is surely an option that the bookies will have high on their list of possible winners.

But in this year’s Vuelta a España, so far, Gilbert has been flying a little bit under the radar.

Deceuninck-Quick Step came within a whisker of victory in the opening team time trial – and only lost through no fault of their own – and then have taken a bunch sprint stage win with Fabio Jakobsen.


Meanwhile, Gilbert is biding his time for further down the line.

“It’s too bad we missed the TTT you know, it would have changed a lot of things,” the 37-year-old told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 6 Thursday in Mora del Rubielos. Then we had the first sprint [on stage 3] and we missed that, but we won the second, so it was nice. For the climbs we know we don’t have the best team, but we will do our best. “

As for his personal ambitions, Gilbert said he will try to win a stage, but he said there aren’t many that suit him.

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