What we know almost halfway through the Vuelta

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Aug. 27, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM EDT
Philippe Gilbert sorely needed his victory over the weekend after going winless until then in 2012. Photo: Graham Watson |

Gilbert needed that one

BMC Racing’s Philippe Gilbert rode intelligently to win Sunday’s ninth stage for what was his first victory in nearly a year. The Belgian star was winless all season and the media back home was laying into him. Throughout the season, Gilbert was expected to ride well in the “next” major event after missing out on the flowers in the race he had just completed. That played out at the spring classics, the Tour and Olympics, when everyone expected big rides, but they never came. With his third career Vuelta stage win now in the bag, Gilbert’s “next” big goal is the world championships. The rainbow jersey would go a long way toward helping everyone forget what’s been an otherwise forgettable season for the once-prolific Gilbert.

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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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