Philippe Gilbert Ends Season As Seventh Most Successful Cycling Nation
Philippe Gilbert has firmly established himself as the world’s most successful rider, finishing at the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s 2011 WorldTour ranking after taking a series of high-profile wins throughout the season.
Gilbert won Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Clasica San Sebastian and Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and stages of the Tour de France, Tirreno-Adriatico and Eneco Tour on his way to amassing 781 WorldTour points in a consistently strong season. Gilbert scored points in a total of 12 events in the WorldTour calendar, more than any other rider.
Gilbert also won several events outside the WorldTour, including Montepaschi Strade Bianche, Brabantse Pijl and the Belgian national road race title.
Such was Gilbert’s dominance in the WorldTour, that his personal tally of points woud have placed him seventh in the ranking-by-nation and ninth in the team ranking. This strong solo performance has had several teams clamouring for his signature for 2012. He eventually signed to ride alongside Evans at the US-based BMC Racing squad.