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Philippe Gilbert wins stage 3 of 2011 Ster ZLM Tour

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Jun. 18, 2011
  • Updated Jun. 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM EDT

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) pocketed a morale-boosting victory ahead of his return to the Tour de France next month in Saturday’s third stage at the Ster ZLM Tour.

Gilbert out-kicked Nikki Terpstra (Quick Step) to claim victory and move into the overall leader’s jersey in the hilly stage from Verviers to La Gileppe across Belgium.

The victory is Gilbert’s 10th on his hugely successful 2011 campaign. The win also gives Gilbert a victory every month since his racing season began in February.

Gilbert won a stage at the Volta ao Algarve in February and won Montepaschi Strade Bianche and a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. In April, he won four straight races, with Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

In May, he won a stage and the overall at the Tour of Belgium, and it looks like he’s now poised to win the overall at the Ster ZLM Tour in June after slotting into the overall leader’s jersey with just one stage left to go.

Gilbert is set to return to the Tour next month in his first start there since 2008. Despite his tremendous success in one-day classics and stage races, including stage wins at both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana, Gilbert has yet to win a stage in the Tour.

Quick results
Stage 3

  • 1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel), Omega Pharma-Lotto, 4:47:48
  • 2. Niki Terpstra (Ned), Quick Step, at 0:01
  • 3. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu), Garmin-Cervélo, at 0:01
  • 4. Joost Van Leijen (Ned), Vacansoleil-DCM, at 0:01
  • 5. David Tanner (Aus), Saxobank-Sungard, at 0:19

GC

  • 1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel), Omega Pharma-Lotto, 14:20:16
  • 2. Niki Terpstra (Ned), Quick Step, at 0:01
  • 3. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu), Garmin-Cervélo, at 0:12
  • 4. Joost Van Leijen (Ned), Vacansoleil-DCM, at 0:33
  • 5. David Tanner (Aus), Saxobank-Sungard, at 0:41

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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