Belgium has been waiting for World Cup successor Gilbert for 10 years: “Just like in LBL and who won?” | World Cycling Championships

Belgium has been waiting for World Cup successor Gilbert for 10 years: “Just like in LBL and who won?” | World Cycling Championships
Belgium has been waiting for World Cup successor Gilbert for 10 years: “Just like in LBL and who won?” | World Cycling Championships

Within 2 days it’s time: the World Cup for the men elite. For 10 years now, Belgium has been waiting for a successor for Philippe Gilbert, who triumphed in 2012 on the Cauberg in Valkenburg.

“I still remember every meter of the final. It was the run-up to the Cauberg. We quickly went into the last descent (towards Cauberg). Full of risks into the last bend and the ultimate attack on the Cauberg itself”, the ex-world champion his final.

“I could make a difference, but then it was still 2 kilometers to go. Then I didn’t hesitate anymore and “full throttle” until the finish”, Gilbert beams.

It has been 2012 since a Belgian became world champion. Chance? Or not the right riders? “It was possible with Wout van Aert to win again. A second place is very close.”

“Being second with the legs to become champion is always a shame.”

“We were in the same situation with Liège-Bastogne-Liège, also waiting for 10 years. And who won? I was happy that Remco (Evenepoel) became my successor. Maybe it is time for him to play the same role in the World Cup?”, says the ex-world champion with a smile.

Remco Evenepoel won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in a masterful way in the spring.

It has never happened in the history of cycling that Belgium had to wait more than 10 years for a new world champion.

“Then it was 7 years between Tom Boonen and myself. And between Johan Museeuw and Boonen it was 9 years of waiting.”

In 1996 Johan Museeuw won in Lugano and 2005 Tom Boonen won in Madrid.

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